Thomas Jefferson Never Said

"A government big enough to supply you with everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have...."

We have never found such a statement in Jefferson's writings.

As far as we know, this statement actually originates with Gerald R. Ford, who said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have," in an address to a joint session of Congress on August 12, 1974.[1]


I thank Mr. John W. Smith, Jr. for bringing this quote to my attention. I have noted it and when I come across it again, I will correct it. Thank you for Sharing...Art Thomas, Now I Know!

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