So we are getting to that point of the year where we are required to file our extortion paperwork and find out just how hard the Federal government will be screwing us this year. So you will spend hours and days maybe even weeks gathering documents attempting to decipher the tax code and hope you don’t screw it up and get a letter from the IRS.
Just so everyone knows where we stand take this in for a minute
Extortion: the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.
That sound familiar to anyone else? If you go to your neighbor and demand money from him every year or you will lock him in your basement you will go to jail. Although in fairness they will get you on more than just extortion.
So here we are coming up on the 102nd anniversary of the ratification of the 16th Amendment and we are still living under the tyranny of an Amendment that stands in direct violation of all that is good and decent. Oh it probably wasn’t ratified properly either. And it pretty much stand in complete repudiation of the rest of the Constitution.
The 16th Amendment says this
‘The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration.’
The problem arises when you look at that last clause there. That is the part that should have never been allowed to stand. See when you dig down Article 1 Section 9 states this:
No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.
So here we have an amendment that stands in direct contrast to the Constitution itself. Now I understand that the Constitution can be amended. That process requires the identification of the exact clause or article that is being altered. Hell they even did it on the next amendment that should be repealed. For instance every other amendment annotates what is being changed. This one simply states that Congress has some new found taxing power to come after what you earn.
The problems with ratification are explained exceptionally well by Bill Benson at his site Thelawthatneverwas
You can rest assured he is on multiple IRS watch lists.
Now he mentions that court case of Brushaber v. Union Pacific R.R. Co., 240 U.S. 1 (1916), which states that Congress did not develop some new found taxing powers. Now I read the entire opinion and since reading law opinions makes me want to shove my head in my fireplace (on a side note screw you Al Gore) let me summarize.
No Congress did not make a new power and even though income tax had been found unconstitutional twice before. This time it was cool.
While some sites claim that abiding by the IRS code and the income tax is voluntary, I can’t find where is says that, and it seems there would be a lot more of us telling them to pound sand every year.
I hate the IRS and the idea of an income tax raises no revenue and is only used to disperse our wealth from one group to another. That is why the tax code is so convoluted. So you the taxpayer don’t realize how many “friends” are getting special breaks that you will never see.
Personally I am for the Fair Tax.
To be honest anything that makes the IRS a distant horrible memory and gets the government out of my paycheck is cool with me.