"A laborer turns a desert into a garden and then we increase his taxes. The speculator turns a garden into a desert and then we diminish his taxes. Verily we are a great people."
This quote is on a card for "The Landlord's Game" and I stumbled across my reminder to myself to look for its source. I found nothing definitive, but several mentions of the quote in newspapers from New Zealand from about 1894, and one from The Single Tax Review in 1914.
Certainly something to think about.
- Otago Witness, Putanga 2300, 31 Poutūterangi 1898, Page 3
- Marlborough Express, Volume XXX, Issue 77, 3 April 1894, Page 2
- Bay Of Plenty Times, Rōrahi XXII, Putanga 3105, 16 Paengawhāwhā 1894, Page 2