||[Oct. 19th, 2009|12:00 pm]
The Question Club
Thomas Jefferson said in a letter to James Madison, Then no man can, by natural right, oblige the lands he occupied, or the persons who succeed him in that occupation, to the paiment of debts contracted by him. For if he could, he might, during his own life, eat up the usufruct of the lands for several generations to come, and then the lands would belong to the dead, and not to the living, which would be the reverse of our principle.|
Paying the debts of the Revolutionary War is one thing, but is the future generation's paying of the debts of the current generation's expenditures what Jefferson would call the lands belonging to the dead and not to the living?
Do you care about only yourself in the here and now?