"A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788
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 -- jim k, Austin      
 -- Ronw13, OR      
Thus the non-stop intent to turn it around such that the people are dependent upon the government. Once the people lost control of the purse-strings, they lost their leverage against an authoritarian government (pick your flavor). The colonists demanded their independence from England after only a 2% import tax -- why have Americans allowed the taxing of their labors at 25% and up?! Because the government is not dependent upon us, WE are dependent upon them. More specifically, the government is dependent upon their central bank, so the bank rules all -- and the bank does it with the exclusive permission to print their own money out of nothing in which to buy government promises to pay. Obviously, not enough precautions have been taken to prevent the take-over of the nation's economy (which is the very POWER of a nation).
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Ultimately, necessarily, the only truly abiding constraint on the aggrandizement of the State is the virtuous self government of the Sovereign Individual.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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