by Gregory J. Cook, EA, CPA
Accredited Tax Advisor
December 7, 2019
It was Ben Franklin commenting on our Constitution in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789."Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, he is quoted as having replied to a comment by John Hancock that they must all hang together:"Yes, we must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."
Ben Franklin was a pretty amazing character. He also documented a common sense decision making technique.
It's so easy to get side-tracked off into Franklin's other ideas, writings or sayings. One thing is for sure, it's safe to say that the guy had just as many bad ideas as good ones, but he never stopped coming up with new ideas.