Do We Really need a Federal Income Tax?
Back in 1861, Congress
installed a revenue bill that allowed a direct tax on income. They called
it an excise tax in the hopes that they could avoid the Constitution's
requirement re direct taxes. Direct taxes must necessarily have a
limited life span. Direct taxation secures funds for a specific purpose.
Think of a homeowners association that levies a direct tax to fix a common
ingress road. When the requisite funds are raised, the obligation goes
Politicians are very fond of changing the definitions of
words to suit their passions. There is a difference between a direct tax
and an indirect tax. The first anti-constitutional 3% "income"
tax was levied on people who earned over $800 for the year. The average
income in the 1860's was $150 for a year. Ten years later, the Supreme
Court ruled that federal tax on income was unconstitutional. It was not
uniform. It targeted people who had the misfortune of being relatively
wealthy. It also was a direct tax despite best efforts to change
definitions for the English language. In spite of the gallant effort from
the bench, the Supreme Court didn't stop politicians (legislators). The
oligarchs in Congress answered later (1913) by installing the 16th
amendment, which dubiously trumped the Supreme Court's ruling. The new tax
was very relatively light though. It had to be in order for the people to
accept it. This new income tax rate came with a $4000 exemption. The
lowest rate was 1% for income over 20K, and 6% on all income over a 1/2
million. At the time, only 1 out of 127 people earned enough to qualify
for the "privilege" of paying. In today's dollars, you had
to make 850K before you were "liable". The tax only
fell on the very wealthy. And even then, additional legislation allowed the
wealthy to create tax-exempt foundations.
The sheeple accepted this. Congress got their foot in
We all know what followed: A steady erosion of
That seemingly innocuous departure from the Constitution
has festered into the virulent boil we now have today. To this day, the
sixteenth remains in conflict with the uniformity provision and the direct
tax provision: "Section 8. The Congress
shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to
pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of
the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform
throughout the United States;
Etymology: Middle French uniforme, from Latin uniformis,
from uni- + -formis -form Date: 1538 1 : consistent in conduct or opinion
2 : having always the same form, manner, or degree : not varying or
variable 3 : of the same form with others : conforming to one rule or mode
: CONSONANT 4 : presenting an unvaried appearance of surface, pattern, or
5 : relating to or being convergence of a series whose terms are functions
in such manner that the absolute value of the difference between the sum
of the first n terms of the series and the sum of all terms can be made
arbitrarily small for all values of the domain of the functions by
choosing the nth term sufficiently far along in the series.
No capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laid,
unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed
to be taken
The Federal government was funded sufficiently for over
one hundred and fifty years with little or no tax on income. Federal
income taxes make it far easier to get funds for anti-constitutional
legislation. With widespread acceptance of withholding tax, arbitrary
taxation is assured.
There is a system of checks and balances in the
Constitution. The final arbiter on the subject of government power is
ultimately the individual sovereign citizen. As citizens we can judge law
and fact in all trials (despite what any government prosecutor or
traitorous judge might tell you). We are going to have to start nixing tax
prosecutions at the jury box. We are going to have to have to demand a
jury trial when the federal government comes knocking on our door
demanding that we comply with their tax codes.
We no longer have public servants. Washington is a de
facto organized crime network. They're taking our money, our liberty, now
they are after our guns! The next move is ours!
Do we really need a Federal income tax? Yes we need it
to make sure everyone will be an obedient serf; a loyal slave. Liberty and
justice cannot co-exist with taxation on income.
"A heavy or progressive or graduated income tax is
necessary for the proper development of Communism." - Karl