You could argue that passage of the 16th required of citizens the same responsibly required of the states and federal government payees and therefore inherent within the following clause of the 14th Amendment, par. 4,:
But neither the United States nor any State [i.e. nor any Citizen] shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States...
An honest jury may find that indeed any knowledgeable or alert person by reason would think that indeed insurrection or rebellion is exactly what is being covertly-perpetrated by this administration.
Would you yourself deny our constitution and way of life appears to be under attack, or that we are intentionally being bankrupt?
Ever hear of the Cloward and Piven strategy or Alinsky? I know I would and so would thousands of other patriots. Hell, half of those in this administration are followers of the above.
14th Amendment, par. 4, 4: The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
If I’m not mistaken, the 14th amendment may have been tried already, many years ago by the tax protest movement/sovereign citizen types (or was it the 16th?)
Does state = citizen in the eyes of the law.
Law as is CURRENTLY applied.
Not as applied in earlier years.
We have to work with what is in play now, unfortunately.
Tax protest/sovereign citizens tried to use older rules and got NOWHERE.