A few thoughts from Thomas Jefferson:
"The democracy will cease to exist when you
take away from those who are willing to work
and give to those who would not."
"I predict future happiness for Americans if
they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people
under the pretense of taking care of them."
"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its
own debts as it goes. A principle which, if acted on,
would save one-half the wars of the world."