Skip to comments.5 August 1861 - Lincoln imposes first federal income tax
Posted on 08/05/2012 10:44:19 AM PDT by moonshot925
On this day in 1861, Lincoln imposes the first federal income tax by signing the Revenue Act. Strapped for cash with which to pursue the Civil War, Lincoln and Congress agreed to impose a 3 percent tax on annual incomes over $800.
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So not many Americans made enough to pay the income tax.
Lincoln only needed it for revenue for the Civil War, but Progressives took it up again, and in 1913 gave us both the 16th amendment and the Federal Reserve.
Now how can that be? If the 16th Amendment is necessary for a legal income tax, yet introduces no new taxation powers, then what is going on?
Well, this used to be a subject limited to the income tax. Now, it also includes Obamacare, which means death panels and churches forced to support abortion.
Chief Justice Roberts tried to explain to Americans what is going on, but (so far) they've preferred howling like a pack of wolves at him instead of learning anything.
Yet, Obamacare still stands, despite the howling.
Someday, when people are exhausted from howling, and they are waiting to die because death panels have dismissed their medical needs because the funds need to be spent on another facelift for Pelosi or Hillary, in their last dying moments, these Americans might - might - want to learn what Roberts tried to tell them.
Or they might not.
The US planned an income tax during the War of 1812 but the war ended before it was imposed.
Congress imposed the first peacetime income tax in 1894. The Supreme Court ruled that parts of the income tax were a direct tax forbidden by the Constitution. The 16th Amendment allowing the income tax was passed in 1913.
Another thing to “thank” Lincoln for.
The Revenue Acts of 1861, 1862 and 1864 were only to help finance the war effort.
They were eliminated in 1872.
Thanks moonshot925. IOW, Congress passed it, Lincoln signed it into law.
Yeah, he was a “special” guy. A Progressive 100 years ahead of his time.
Lincoln showed us that many things were possible. None of them good.
Lincoln showed that a Southern slavery empire was impossible. That was good, especially for non-slaveowning Southerners of both races.
Mechanization would have shown the same thing.
I sure can understand the complaints about taxes. ;-) Yes, taxes are a nuisance. But, enslaving people is far, far worse.
“...but Progressives took it up again, and in 1913 gave us both the 16th amendment and the Federal Reserve.”
You are correct, except I would say:
..but our fellow American voters put Progressives into power and they voted for their state representatives who gave us both the 16th amendment and the Federal Reserve.
[pgr88, this is not directed at you. just feel like venting]
Now, as then, our fellow American voters put Progressives into power (Reid, Boxer, Kennedy, Pelosi, Obama ad nauseum) and therefore are THE problem.
We gripe, groan and moan about the elected representatives and if they didn’t get enough votes to gain power, they would be back in their respective communities where they belong. The problem is that our neighbors have pulled the lever for Progressives (and loudly expressed their support for Progressive policies) time and time again.
This applies mainly to the “Democrats”, but in some key instances also applies to the liberal faction of the Republican Party as well.
In November, there will be possibly one more chance for the voters to get it right. If history is any indicator, literally tens of millions of our fellow Americans will vote for the Progressives yet again. Hopefully, they won’t prevail, but I’m not holding my breath.
I know one thing. My (our) grandchildren don’t deserve what those people have done and are doing to our country.
There. I feel better (but not much)
Only down ticket. mitt is an effective liberal progressive. obie is a a bumbling marxist fraud.
OF course, if every person who claimed to be a Conservative would vote for the actual Conservative who is running for the top slot right now, then neither mitt nor obie would win.
I’ll probably be royally flamed for this, but until emperor Hussein 0bama’s ugly face appeared on the scene, Lincoln did more than all the other Presidents combined to violate the basic tenents of The Constitution. He has been elevated to Saintly status for keeping the Union together, but his actions set a bad precedent that is still being followed.
They had the decency to actually collect the tax for a specific constitutional purpose, which hardly anyone paid, and to also end it when the war was over.
Not so today.
Of course Lincoln’s federal government didn’t use phony baseline budgeting tactics and wasn’t giving 40-some percent of the population cash to buy their food, or pay any other legion of entitlements we have today.
The last thing that goon wanted was a bunch of freedmen running around the new territories. Get real. Your hero was a racist to nth degree.
Your post was well played, you are amongst friends who have also researched and have un-reconstructed history. So many Top Hat Goon fairly tales, so little time....
***So not many Americans made enough to pay the income tax. ***
Or pay the $300 to avoid the Draft.
You are correct. To a large extent, “we” get the Gov’t we deserve.
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