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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 away.

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 door.

We all know what followed: A steady erosion of Liberty!

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;

Main Entry:1uniform

Function: adjective

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 color 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 Marx