Re: Two great articles on ignoring government

From: James Wetterau (
Date: Sat Nov 25 2000 - 16:40:40 MST

"Randy Smith" <> says:
> > > What we need to do is make gov't OUR servant, instead of the other way
> > > around.
> >
> >The argument is that the income tax is unconstitutional as a mandatory
> >system. People pay it voluntarily.
> Th "...promote the general welfare..." clause covers all that, I believe.
> Besides, who says the constitution is all that great, anyway. We need to
> change it.

Doesn't anybody actually *read* the Constitution before giving
opinions about it?

         Amendment XVI.
      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 income tax, even as a mandatory system, is definitely
constitutional. The only wiggle room I can conceive of would be to
find a constitutional quarrel with the exact manner in which the tax
is imposed. It seems from the article cited that there are some
people who have some legal quarrel with the income tax regime, but
they make their case not on the constitution but on the tax code. My
guess is that no court will accept their argument.

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