Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"Prodigality And Profusion"

When I consider the extream Corruption prevalent among all Orders of Men in this old rotten State, and the glorious publick Virtue so predominant in our rising Country, I cannot but apprehend more Mischief than Benefit from a closer Union. I fear they will drag us after them in all the plundering Wars, which their desperate Circumstances, Injustice, and Rapacity, may prompt them to undertake; and their wide-wasting Prodigality and Profusion is a Gulph that will swallow up every Aid we may distress ourselves to afford them. Here Numberless and needless Places, enormous Salaries, Pensions, Perquisites, Bribes, groundless Quarrels, foolish Expeditions, false Accounts or no Accounts, Contracts and Jobbs, devour all Revenue, and produce continual Necessity in the Midst of natural Plenty. I apprehend, therefore, that to unite us intimately will only be to corrupt and poison us also.

Ben Franklin, writing from London, February 1775


Blogger automax4 said...

I don't know who this Ben Franklin was, but he sounds like some communist, Liberal loser.

10/24/2007 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he probably just hated England for their freedom.

10/24/2007 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Kilfarsnar said...

Were people just smarter back then, or what?

10/25/2007 9:27 AM  
Blogger Svenyboy said...

Are you suggestng the UK is to blame, or that someone somewhere right now is writing the same about the US today?

10/25/2007 12:42 PM  

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