Thomas Jefferson AND Alexis de Tocqueville AND William Shakespere AND Hunter. s. Thompson
In a Democracy, the people get the government they deserve - Alexis de Tocqueville -
If the citizenry do not hold their officials to standards, then any government gets our of hand. So the question goes beyond taxation, and becomes how can we ever have a sound government, and the answer is by a principled populace. As has been said by Jefferson and Tocqueville, people get the government they deserve.
What worries me though is the following quotation penned by Shakespeare in Julius Caesar: "Cassius suggests that the people get the government they deserve…". This can be a good thing, if (and it’s a big “if”) the people do their homework and vote based on facts, not on rumor or innuendo.
In a Democracy, The People Get the Government They Deserve. - Hunter S. Thompson