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Thomas Paine was a good friend of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. He was a printer, author, legislator, soldier, and very important in the American Revolution of 1776. He wrote the pamphlets that aroused the common people to rise up against King George.
The FOUNDERS like Thomas Paine were very much in favor of the common man, the less wealthy, the middle working class. They did not try to take advantage of them in order to keep all the wealth in the hands of the Upper Class. They were very "Democratic" in outlook.
Here is a brief example of how Paine thought in those days: (spread the wealth):
"When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy, no ignorance or distress is to be found among them, our jails are empty of prisoners, our streets are free of beggars, the aged are not in want, taxes are not oppressive, the Rational world is my friend, -- when all these things can be said, THEN may that country boast of its Constitution and its Government."
Rights of Man (1792) -- by Thomas Paine