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More State of the Union Thoughts Framed by Common Sense

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Regarding debt:

“And by a plain method of argument,as we are running the next generation into debt,we ought to do the work of it,otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully.  In order to discover the line of our duty rightly,we should take our children in our hand,and fix our station a few years farther into life;that eminence will present a prospect,which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.”

Regarding Washington’s obliviousness to the poor and middle class:

“It is the good fortune of many to live distant from the scene of sorrow;the evil is not sufficiently brought to THEIR doors to make THEM feel the precariousness with which all American property is possessed.”

Regarding investment in infrastructure,education,and alternative energy:

“The present winter is worth an age if rightly employed,but if lost or neglected,the whole continent will partake of the misfortune;and there is no punishment which that man will not deserve,be he who,or what,or where he will,that may be the means of sacrificing a season so precious and useful.”

Regarding the challenges before us:

“Resolution is our inherent character,and courage hath never yet forsaken us.”

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