Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. . . . The small landowners are the most precious part of the State.
Thomas Jefferson Letter, 28 Oct. 1785, to politician (later president) James Madison
These words above are very indicative of the overall philosophy of Thomas Jefferson. He believed in power to the people and that includes all of us. To have an unemployed poor is a failure of a country’s society and government. Everyone should be given a chance to a fair equitable labor.
Power to the People
That should be the American mantra. To allow that power to be usurped by the monied elite goes against everything our founders had in mind.