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  • Claims that capping SALT deductions violate Constitution are meritless

    01/30/2018 7:18:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 30, 2018 | Rob Natelson
    Some leading proponents of centralized federal power have caught that ole-time states’-rights religion.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, for example, has been a fervid defender of ObamaCare and other congressional programs invading traditional areas of state control. But, he says, Congress violated the rules of federalism when its new tax law capped income tax deductions for state and local taxes paid (SALT deductions).Are Cuomo and his allies correct? Does the Constitution require Congress to include SALT deductions in its income tax laws? ADVERTISEMENT The Constitution’s actual language does not say so. Some cite a 1985 speech by the late Senator Daniel...
  • Blame progressive republicans for the 16th amendment

    09/23/2017 10:06:15 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    Far too often, articles or books are written about how bad the 16th amendment is(which it absolutely is) but then the authors turn around and point to Woodrow Wilson. This is historical malpractice. It is said that 42 states ratified the 16th amendment, and 40 of those did so prior to March 4, 1913, which was when Wilson was inaugurated. Massachusetts ratified the 16th on the same day, March 4th, and New Hampshire followed a few days later on March 7th. So let me get this straight: Woodrow Wilson as president was so strong and powerful that he reached back...
  • The Role of States, as States, in the Electoral College

    12/09/2016 7:46:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Cato At Liberty ^ | December 9, 2016 | Roger Pilon
    Of all those whose predictions were dashed by this year’s presidential outcome (“Trump is headed toward a major loss” his Oct. 19 headline blared), few have been more exercised than the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne (“white identity politics and male self-assertion triumphed” he railed the day after). Yesterday, in a piece titled “America will soon be ruled by a minority,” he joined the chorus now condemning the “undemocratic” Electoral College—in the name of the Founders, no less, the very men who created it. Ever the good progressive, he fails to appreciate the role states were meant to play in ordering...
  • Law Professor: 17th Amendment 'Disenfranchised States'

    12/06/2016 2:31:55 PM PST · by george76 · 66 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Amy Furr
    The 17th Amendment, which allowed the popular election of U.S. senators, “disenfranchised” state legislatures and altered the U.S. Constitution's checks and balances, Chapman University Law Professor John Eastman told an audience of state legislators in Washington, D.C. last week. The amendment made it easier for Congress to pass legislation, which eventually led to the massive growth in federal power that the states are still grappling with today... “What the founders did is come up with this counterintuitive notion that adding an extra layer of government would provide less government and greater liberty. And it only worked if those governments were...
  • "The Forgotten History of the Federal Income Tax"

    04/25/2016 8:41:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/25/16 | Susan Frickey
    “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 16th Amendment, Ratified 1913 The birth of the income tax! Prior to 1913, the constitutionally limited responsibilities of the federal government were generally covered by import tariffs. Occasionally, temporary taxes were imposed to pay for wars, but were to be apportioned by the states and could not be direct, personal taxes, according to the Constitution in Article I, sections 2 and 9. W. Cleon Skousen wrote a very...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: After I Spoke Out Against Obamacare – I Was Audited by Obama IRS

    02/26/2016 7:21:21 AM PST · by detective · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 25th, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Carason: I never had an audit until I spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. And then all of the sudden they came in and said, "We just want to look at your real estate dealings." And then they didn't find anything. And then they took a look at the whole year. And they didn't find anything. And then they looked at the next year and they didn't find anything. And they won't find anything. The fact is the IRS is not honest and we have to get rid of them.
  • Toward a Standing Article V Convention

    08/19/2015 9:04:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/19/15 | Rod & Sherri Dodsworth
    In our last guest essay for Coach is Right we made an opening case for Article V state amendment conventions, rather than SCOTUS, to deal with major social and governing issues. It is through state conventions rather than the elastic whims of nine unaccountable lawyers that the Framers envisioned a free people would keep and improve their republic. Enlightenment philosophers recognized that whereas power is aggressive, liberty is passive. Unless it is actively pursued, liberty will always fade in the face of encroaching power. Our Framing generation knew this and provided the means by which liberty could be actively defended....
  • Fraud and the IRS

    04/15/2015 5:07:37 PM PDT · by lyby · 27 replies
    lyby ^ | 4-15-2015 | lyby
    I have believed for close to 20 years that the 16th amendment was never properly ratified and that the IRS and all the shenanigans we citizens go through every year is ILLEGAL. For all of my adult life, I have spent 6 months dreading tax season and then 6 months worrying if maybe I had done something wrong when filing them. This year, when our tax preparer (for the first time in my adult life, we actually hired a preparer as I believed that a citizen should NOT have to pay someone else to do their taxes, as it should...
  • Tax Day 2015: Why Is April 15 The Deadline To Pay Taxes?

    04/14/2015 8:30:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Tech Times ^ | April 14, 2015 | Laura Rosenfeld
    Though they may seem like it, the dates that holidays fall on aren't usually random. They typically commemorate a significant event that happened on or around that day. Obviously, this makes sense. However, it's hard to guess why April 15 was chosen as Tax Day, the deadline for filing and paying your taxes. The 16th Amendment, which instituted a national income tax, was passed by Congress on July 2, 1909 and ratified on Feb. 3, 1913, but neither of these days made the cut to be the Tax Day. What gives? If the April 15 deadline to file and pay...
  • 1913 Was a Very Bad Year ( from way back )

    01/19/2012 7:58:40 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 8, 2010 | J.B. Williams
    Prior to 1913, there was no federal income tax. The states had rights and representation in Washington, D.C., there was no Federal Reserve Bank, and the federal government lived under the enumerated powers afforded within the U.S. Constitution. What a difference one year can make... ... Passage of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution would forever change life in America, and not for the better. ... Further, thanks to the 17th Amendment, also passed in 1913, the states no longer have representation in Washington, D.C. Once again, what seemed like a simple sentence and a good idea to some at...
  • How did the “Progressives” Empower Themselves at our Expense for Over 140 Years?

    06/28/2014 10:13:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 30 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/28/14 | Jerry Todd
    A three-legged stool can always stand without wobbling – a solid foundation for good or evil. Addressing the 14th, 16th and 17th Amendments. The Articles (7) and their clauses, the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) are original to the Founders, Framers, and Ratifiers. The 11th and 12th Amendments serve to States’ protection. The 13th freed the slaves. The 14th Amendment – This was the first of three Amendments that created the “progressive” three legged stool. The 14th was a mandatory ratification, a required condition before states were allowed reunification after the Civil War. Congress deliberately established federal supremacy. The 14th,...
  • U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is either a liar or pathetically ignorant on tax reform!

    05/10/2014 2:53:46 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 16 replies
    5/10/14 | johnwk
    SEE: Bridenstine: Repeal the 16th Amendment ”U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which allows the federal government to levy the income tax.” Wrong Mr. Bridenstien! The 16th Amendment does not allow the federal government to levy an “income tax”. In fact, the phrase “income tax” does not even appear in the 16th Amendment, and the power to levy an income tax was exercised long before the 16th Amendment was adopted! The first so called “income tax” is found in An Act to...
  • Will Senator Ted Cruz and “conservatives” offer real tax reform this coming election?

    12/31/2013 7:42:46 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 29 replies
    12/31/13 | johnwk
    With the 2014 election just around the corner “conservatives” have the opportunity to win the hearts and minds of the American people by offering real tax reform. Have most Americans not witnessed the progressive’s disastrous and slavish experiment associated with the 16th Amendment and taxes levied on incomes without apportionment? Have we not recently seen how this very tax has been used during election time to punish and harass those who dare to speak out and against our despotic federal government? Have we not also witnessed for generations how this despicable tax is used by our federal government to...
  • How to Repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments

    07/07/2013 5:42:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 7, 2013 | Theodore Koehl
    Americans may be able to regain control over their federal government by moving their respective individual state legislatures to invalidate the 16th and 17th Amendments to the United States Constitution. Essentially, this is a vote to reverse ratification of an Amendment without a Constitutional Convention. Repeal of the 16th Amendment starves the federal beast by depriving it of its consumption of money from the states and the taxpayers through income. States could exercise better control over how or even if their money is spent. Repeal of the 17th Amendment makes United States senators directly appointed by the state legislatures, as...
  • Reports: IRS Targeting Was Broader, Lasted Longer Than Previously Disclosed

    06/24/2013 7:53:40 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 15 replies
    Town Hall ^ | June 24, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Who's ready for another major shift in the IRS' official story? In recent days, Darrell Issa's Democratic counterpart on the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, has been telling anyone who will listen that Congress' IRS "witch hunt" is over and resolved. His absurd assertions -- from which he's edged away slightly -- smack of desperation, especially considering that new developments continue to arise. Why, here's one just now, and it's a biggie: The Internal Revenue Service's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency said Monday....
  • IRS Refunds Tens Of Millions Of Your Tax Dollars To Illegal Aliens

    06/22/2013 6:37:38 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 37 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 22, 2013 | Suzanne Hamner
    While many Americans struggle to earn a living or barely scrape by on unemployment and live in fear of IRS audits, illegal aliens and non-resident aliens have gained cumulative millions off our taxpayer money. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), in 2011, the IRS sent more than $46 million in tax refunds to 23,994 “unauthorized” alien workers who all listed the same address in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta address wasn’t the only one that received millions in tax refunds housing thousands; there were actually four addresses in Atlanta and six in other states that were issued...
  • If Not Obama, then Impeach the 16th Amendment (The author makes an excellent point)

    06/09/2013 8:05:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Mark Baisley
    I’d say it’s official; President Obama’s Watergate has arrived.  And the witty question originally formed for Nixon’s big scandal can now be re-applied to President Plausible Deniability, “What did he not know and when did he not know it?”  While I do think that IRS-Gate spells the end of this President’s ability to effectively advance the liberal agenda, I do not see an impeachment on the horizon; at least not for Barack Obama – but perhaps for the Sixteenth Amendment.The recent parade of citizen witnesses to congressional hearings has laid bare the raw suffering that inevitably comes from tolerating the...
  • Riveting and Chilling: Victims of IRS Targeting Tell Their Stories on Capitol Hill

    06/04/2013 11:15:12 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 29 replies
    Town Hall ^ | June 4, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday, witnesses from Tea Party, pro-life and patriotic educational groups from around the country testified about their experience of intimidation and targeting from the Internal Revenue Service. Witnesses described being sent hundreds of pages from the IRS asking invasive questions about members, books, contents of prayers and the names of anyone attending meetings, including children. "The IRS sought documentation of our meetings, rallies, events, or candidate forums. That included video and audio transcriptions, notes, copies of all handouts; the political party of speakers, and an “issues” list. The IRS sought identifying information on employees; data on...
  • HISTORY OF THE 16TH AMENDMENT

    06/04/2013 9:45:02 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 27 replies
    Not known | Unknown | W, CLEON SKOUSEN
    THE HISTORY OF THE SIXTEENTH AMENDMENT by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen Strange as it may seem, the Sixteenth Amendment (which gave the American people the affliction of confiscatory income taxes) was never supposed to have passed. It was introduced by the Republicans as part of a political scheme to trick the Democrats, but it backfired. Here's the story. The Founding Fathers had rejected income taxes (or any other direct taxes) unless they were apportioned to each state according to population. Nevertheless, an income tax was levied during the Civil War and upheld by the Supreme Court on the somewhat tenuous...
  • Of hope and hypocrites: Candid observations from a one-time loyalist

    06/01/2013 9:14:47 AM PDT · by Matt Lexington · 17 replies
    06/01/13 | Matt lexington
    It is an admirable expression of loyalty, of devotion and duty towards one's own country. A pledge, currently spoken throughout the nation countless times each and everyday- "To uphold and defend the Constitution of these United States of America." Though it is in truth, a hollow pledge, as it is without even modest contemplation, it is devoid of any meaning or substance. For if it only requires us to THINK, such a pledge could not today be even uttered free of base hypocrisy. For who among us would remain willing to uphold and defend that which has so often withered...