In the year (1979) that Franklin wrote these words, there were no income taxes in America but plenty of taxes on imported goods, distilled spirits, tobacco and sugar. Income taxes were, however, being discussed in Congress and Franklin was a firm believer that any fees or taxes assessed on a country’s citizenry should be proportionate to their income. Our modern income tax system is based on his philosophy.
Benjamin Franklin was truly an extraordinary individual. He never had the opportunity to attend college but even so, he accomplished more in his lifetime for the good of man and his country than just about any other figure in American history.
He was a technological pioneer, being an avid experimenter and inventor. He was an environmentalist, author, humanitarian, supporter of the arts and literature, politician, advocate for public education, diplomat, successful business owner…the list goes on and on. His life and accomplishments are an inspiration to us all.
Franklin died on this date, April 17th, in the year 1790 at the age of 84. More than 20,000 people attended the funeral of the man who was called, “the harmonious human multitude”. An amazing legacy for an amazing man.
Contributed by: Teresa “Tess” Blatti | Online Advisor