According to the Founders, government is obligated to answer lawfully submitted petitions for redress of grievances. In order to ensure government compliance, the Founders also told us we may lawfully suspend payment of taxes until such time as the government answers petitions to the people’s satisfaction.
When the 16th Amendment was purportedly ratified in 1913, the intent of it was clear: The income tax was to bring tax relief to wage-earners. Taxes on consumption would be reduced by shifting some of the tax burden to taxes on income from accumulated wealth and business profit. By the end of WWII, the IRS began taxing Americans’ wages under the pretense they were “income” as intended by the 16th Amendment. Today, most Americans accept the direct taxation of their wages as automatically as they accept their 40-hour work week. Below are a few quotes from members of Congress that place the direct taxation of Americans’ wages into the proper historical perspective.
“It probably is not necessary for the federal government to tax anyone directly; it could simply print the money it needs. However, that would be a bold stroke, for it would then be obvious to all what kind of a counterfeiting operation the government is running. The present system combining taxation and inflation is akin to watering the milk; too much water and the people catch on.” ~Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)
“...the common ground upon which we base the advocacy of an income-tax law is not that there shall be an increase of revenue....but that even if there were an increase of revenue it may be so readjusted through the enactment of an income-tax law that a larger part of the burden of the revenue may fall where it does not now rest, upon the wealth of the country, and that it may be taken off where it now rests in such an intolerable burden, from the masses of people, destroying their efforts to secure a comfortable living for themselves and their families.” ~Sen. Bacon, 1909 (D-Georgia)
“But knowing, as we all do know, that it is necessary for the Government to raise vast sums of money to support its administration, my judgment is that a larger part of that money ought to be raised from the abundant incomes of prosperous people than off the backs and appetites of people who, when doing their best, do none too well.” ~Sen. Bailey, 1909 (D-Texas)
“My desire is to relieve the incomes of men to the extent necessary to maintain their families, to support and educate their children, because I believe that they owe a higher duty to their families than they owe to the government.” ~Sen. Cummins, 1909 (D-Iowa)
“Our tax is unconstitutional and was not part of the original intent of those who drafted our Constitution or government. I am supporting a resolution to repeal the 16th Amendment.” ~Rep. Symms, c. 1978 (R-Idaho)
“Like a fungus, the IRS lives by growing, by consuming, by expanding. And what it grows on is us. It is interesting that revenue officers within the IRS refer to taxpayers as ‘inventory.’” ~Rep. Hansen, 1980 (R-Idaho)
“Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce the Liberty Amendment, which repeals the 16th Amendment, thus paving the way for real change in the way government collects and spends the people’s hard-earned money. The Liberty Amendment also explicitly forbids the federal government from performing any action not explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.” ~Rep. Paul, 2003 (R-Texas)
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