23 Outubro 2008

Existem sempre visões diferentes, das nossas ou das mais aceites, sobre qual deve ser a acção e actuação dos dirigentes políticos face a circunstâncias inesperadas.

A uma histórias que foi contada por Edward S. Ellis, no seu livro "The Life of Colonel David Crockett" que é muito interessante, e vale a pena ler aqui na totalidade.

Vou deixar algumas passagens, não nos esqueçamos que estamos no inicio do século XIX, mas devem ler a totalidade para entender o enquadramento:

"... In the first place, the Government ought to have in the Treasury no more than enough for its legitimate purposes...........The power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power that can be entrusted to man, particularly under our system of collecting revenue by a tariff, which reaches every man in the country, no matter how poor he may be, and the poorer he is the more he pays in proportion to his means.... So you see, that while you are contributing to relieve one, you are drawing it from thousands who are even worse off than he. If you had the right to give anything, the amount was simply a matter of discretion with you, and you had as much right to give $20,000,000 as $20,000. If you have the right: to give to one, you have the right to give to all; and, as the Constitution neither defines charity nor stipulates the amount, you are at liberty to give to any and everything which you may believe, or profess to believe, is a charity, and to any amount you may think proper. You will very easily perceive, what a wide door this would open for fraud and corruption and favoritism, on the one hand, and for robbing the people on the other...........Individual members may give as much of their own money as they please, but they have no right to touch a dollar of the public money for that purpose...........The people have delegated to Congress, by the Constitution, the power to do certain things. To do these, it is authorized to collect and pay moneys, and for nothing else. Everything beyond this is usurpation, and a violation of the Constitution."

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publicado por RPF às 11:32

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