Does the French nation want to be forever in tutelage and to call on its government to intervene in every matter?
As you would have seen, the minister could not find anything better than creating four new contributions on beverages in order to cover the deficit created by our policies.
Ainsi que tu l’auras vu, le ministre ne trouve rien de mieux, pour combler le déficit qu’a occasionné notre politique, que de frapper les boissons de quatre nouvelles contributions.
The preconceived idea is and always will be the scourge of reason since, by its very nature, it flees the truth when it has the misfortune of glimpsing it.
They should not expect the state to provide for them since they are the ones that provide for the state.
New demands from the public, new taxes from the state, and we can go only from one revolution to the next.
However, I cannot refrain from making a general observation. Presumption is always unfavorable to collective expenditure carried out through taxes.
When you claim the merit for all the good that occurs, you incur responsibility for all the harm that arises.
Obviously any civil servant who does not do a useful job does a damaging one by the very fact of taking action.
However, it is not the goodness of the intention that makes the goodness of the medicine.
People, how can the state keep you alive, since it is you who are keeping the state alive?
But when we have gone down the wrong road for so long, it is childish to refuse to join the right road because it will cause some discomfort.
The affections, feelings, and outpourings of love and friendship will not, as they are today, be buried in the depths of people’s hearts by the hand of the tax man.
Oh yes! You are reducing revenue without reducing expenditure and you will avoid a deficit?
The Chamber has understood that if this continued M. D . . . would face the choice of either having to operate his factory better or closing it.
Franchement, n’y-a-t-il pas quelque chose d’humiliant pour le dix-neuvième siècle d’apprêter aux âges futurs le spectacle de pareilles puérilités pratiquées avec un sérieux imperturbable?
Frankly, is it not somewhat humiliating for the nineteenth century to prepare a spectacle of childishness such as this for future ages with such imperturbable seriousness?
Je voudrais bien qu’on me dît à quoi serviraient les grandes armées permanentes et les puissantes marines militaires, si le commerce était libre…
I would like to be told what the great standing armies and the powerful navies would be used for if trade were free.