Spurious quotations: Rep. Cormier makes it a hat trick

State House Rep. Jane Cormier (R-Alton) has previously been featured in these pages for bogus quotations that she falsely attributed to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Today she made it a hat trick. Writing on GraniteGrok, Cormier concludes with a quotation purportedly from Thomas Jefferson in which he condemns governmental debt:

Loading up the nation with debt and leaving it for the following generations to pay is morally irresponsible. Excessive debt is a means by which governments oppress the people and waste their substance. No nation has a right to contract debt for periods longer than the majority contracting it can expect to live.”  – Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson never said that. “This is how bogus quotes are born,” explains Jefferson Library research librarian Anna Berkes:

This quotation comes from Eyler Robert Coates' very excellent collection of Jefferson quotes on politics and government, hosted by UVA, and is actually Coates' introductory summary of this particular section of the site…

Cormier implores gun advocates to be “very sure of your facts.” Oops.

h/t: susan the bruce