Franklin Center - Happy Birthday Ben!

Born on January 17, 1706, today marks Benjamin Franklin’s 307th birthday.

In honor of his life, works, and most wise words, The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity was founded in 2009 to help fill the void of newspaper cut backs and investigative reporting.

We are unabashed in our mission to spotlight waste, fraud and misuse of taxpayer dollars by state and local governments. And we’re making a difference.

In fact just today, hours after our Virginia Bureau broke a story about illegal yellow light cameras trapping drivers, the city reversed its policy. Our reporters enliven the debate, anger officials, promote liberty, and most importantly – expose the truth crusading for good government.

In honor of Ben on his birthday, let’s remember some of his words of wisdom and never forget the principles our founding fathers bestowed upon us:

1. They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.

2. This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

3. Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

4. A penny saved is a penny earned.

5. It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.