Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Rallying Cry

In an effort to help this burgeoning meme along:

“I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”
- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

The idea of using this is as a Democratic rallying cry is a powerful one. We get the government we pay for: cheap out and we get cheap results. We buy our education, infrastructure, and protection through taxes, and as we can see, the no-taxes world has dreadfully reduced all of these things.

I saw it here first, but then a search for the context came up with this blog post, which seems to be the first one to use it in this way. Alas, I cannot find the original work in which the quote originated. I'd hate to see its use cherry-picked.