"To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association--'the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.'" --Thomas Jefferson: Note in Destutt de Tracy's "Political Economy," 1816. ME 14:466<quoted text>
You sarcastically said, "Sure sounds like a proponent of progressive taxation."
"Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1785. ME 19:18, Papers 8:682
That settles that.
Please try and keep up as that has been gone over recently here.
Maybe you should do some more research on the founding fathers. Did they agree that a goverment needs funds to operate and therfore would have to tax, Yes. They did not think that the goverment should operate to tax people into economic equality. Only a fool would think otherwise.