At what level was he doing so? He made calculated political decisions that ensured the long-term survival of slavery in the South.
I would also argue that "most" of his years were spent at his plantation; securing his own future. He reluctantly returned to politics (the reluctance was much to his credit) under pressure from Madison.
"These revenues will be levied entirely on the rich, the business of household manufacture being now so established that the farmer and laborer clothe themselves entirely. The rich alone use imported articles, and on these alone the whole taxes of the General Government are levied. The poor man, who uses nothing but what is made in his own farm or family, or within his own country, pays not a farthing of tax to the General Government, but on his salt; and should we go into that manufacture also, as is probable, he will pay nothing. Our revenues liberated by the discharge of the public debt, and its surplus applied to canals, roads, schools, &c., the farmer will see his
government supported, his children educated, and the face of his country made a paradise by the contributions of the rich alone, without his being called on to spend a cent from his earnings. * — To General Kosciusko. Washington ed. v, 586. (M. 1811)
Yes, Thomas Jefferson wrote some great political philosophy. He absolutely believed in protecting the working man from excess taxes, and had no fear (and he was a rich man) of calling for the yoke of taxation to fall on the rich for the benefit of the average guy.
Sooner, don't let them manipulate you by distracting you from your original message. I think Jefferson's quote is very true, look at what's happening in Europe. But the moronic left will throw all sorts of distractions. Nobody seems to notice that it is the leftoids that are rioting in Canada. Everyone's so poor nowadays that the leftoids can't bum any weed from anyone and are upset.