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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:812
AUTHOR:Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–59)
QUOTATION:Countries, therefore, when lawmaking falls exclusively to the lot of the poor cannot hope for much economy in public expenditure; expenses will always be considerable, either because taxes cannot touch those who vote for them or because they are assessed in a way to prevent that.
ATTRIBUTION:ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, Democracy in America, ed. J. P. Mayer, trans. George Lawrence, vol. 1, part 2, chapter 5, p. 210 (1969). Originally published in 1835–1840.
SUBJECTS:Government spending
 
 
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