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Fighting the Smoking Man - The Life and Thoughts of Zach — LiveJournal
Oct. 30th, 2003
12:40 pm -
Fighting the Smoking Man
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October 31st, 2003 12:51 am (UTC)
How can I claim that? Laziness, primarily. To be honest, it's been several years since I was well versed in this, and can't really defend it well today. Maybe Sal can do better? I took "Income tax, social security, and welfare" from his sentence immediately preceding the one that you quoted, so he probably had something in mind.
However, despite your implication to the contrary, it is also a complex issue. Was the ratification of Amendment XVI legal? If so, what about Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution. (Which says that they can't directly tax my earnings. The Supreme Court said that AMendment XVI "did not change the constitutional limitations which forbid any direct taxation of individuals".
Short of principles, nothing is ever as simple as it seems.