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Monday, April 23, 2012

The 16th Amendment


As you can tell, I'm new at this.  Being 64 in a tekno and geeky world is a challenge for this retired Salesman/Engineer.  So if you have any ideas of how to make this website better feel free to comment.  If you're a FairTax supporter I'd love to hear from you and share presentation tips. 
Three years ago I got off my couch, made a sign, joined a "mob" and marched around Court Houses chanting "I want my country back".  It gave me an opportunity to meet many wonderful like-minded patriotic people with the same desires and fears that I had, and introduced me to politics as an observer. 
I knew of FairTax some years earlier and began sharing the word at Tea Parties.  The local talk-radio host asked me on to discuss FairTax and continues to do so regularly.  I never dreamed the FairTax message would be in such demand.  I have given dozens of slide presentations on the FairTax in the last three years throughout the Hoosier State and a few in Ohio.  If you had told me when I started that Congressmen and Senators and State officeholders would know me by my first name, I would have thought you were crazy.  
It amazes me how a gray-haired, pot-bellyed self-taught incompetent who can't balance a checkbook (me) could be considered a source of knowledge in the community.  But as I am finding out, most folks haven't studied the FairTax as I have.  Make no mistake, I'm not a crusader, a historian or an orator, and Lord knows I'm no genius.  I'm not looking for fame, fortune or political power.  I'm an average American husband, father, and grandfather.  Just a man who wants his country back so his grand kids can live in freedom. 

Hope what you see here moves you to get in the game.  FairTax Dave

The Power to Divide

In 1909 a Bill to provide constitutional compliance to future taxes on income was passed with a 2/3rds majority in both the House and Senate.  On February 3, 1913 the 16th Amendment was ratified after receiving approval from 3/4ths of the States.  History reports several versions of political trickery and manipulation that lead to this alteration of our Constitution.  But one things for sure, the politicians of that time did not heed the warnings of our founding fathers.  

Quoting Thomas Jefferson...“On every question of construction, [let us] carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one [the meaning] in which it was passed.”           

There was no "...recollecting the spirit manifested in the debates..." because the temptation for political power was too great.  In addition, the Industrial Revolution resulted in a few people becoming very wealthy at the expense of the masses.  Labor laws were non-existent, Labor Unions were just emerging.  These were troubling times in our history, but ripe for liberal progressives to use Class Warfare to gain position and influence with power-hungry politicians...and the 16th Amendment was their crown jewel. 

The 16th Amendment changed everything.  It is the greatest threat to our liberties and freedoms.  As you can see, the 16th Amendment has no limits.  It grants power to the federal government to tax any income from any source at any rate.  The 16th Amendment is the biggest blank check ever written in America.  It is a license to steal our money, limit our success, invade our privacy, regulate our businesses and control our lives. The 16th Amendment was the official declaration of Class Warfare in America, a formidable weapon against our constitutionally protected rights.

But it didn't happen overnight.  The first Income Tax became law in the fall of 1913. It was a 400 page attachment to a Tariff Bill.  It established how and when income taxes were to be collected and who would collect them.  The tax rate was 1% on all income over $3,000 for a single person, and on all income over $4,000 for married couples.  In 1913 the average annual American household income was $800.  So, as promised by the liberal progressives that promoted it to the State Legislatures, it was truly a "tax on the rich".  
32 years later near the end of WWII it had grown to 8,200 pages that affected most of the population.  By 1975 it had doubled in size, and doubled again by 1995.  Today the United States Tax Code is 72,536 pages full of confusion, contradiction, corruption and complication.  To put that huge number in perspective, let's say you accepted an assignment to read those 72,536 pages.  You devote 20 hours a week and you read at a rate of one page per minute.  Hope you don't have any social plans because it will take you a little more than 14 months to complete the task.  (In comparison, to read the FairTax Bill HR-25 will take 2 hours and 11 minutes.)

James Madison said...“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood”.

It is obvious, to restore our liberties and freedoms. the 16th Amendment must be repealed.  But that is no easy task.  Over 90% of federal tax revenue comes from the income taxes made legal by the 16th Amendment.  And getting the House and Senate to a 2/3rds majority is just not going to happen.  Both houses of Congress are so polarized that nothing gets done.  We the People are not being represented, we are being ignored.  This is the direct result of the unlimited power provided by the 16th Amendment

In the "Lord of the Rings" the desire to possess the Ring was uncontrollable to all but a few.  Such lust dominated their soles and blinded their vision of justice.  And once obtained, the Ring drove the possessor insane.  Thus is the state of politics in America.

“Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties”.     President Abraham Lincoln

Just what can and cannot be done within the restrictions of the Constitution will be the next blog topic.  Until then, here's a suggestion ...visit the FairTax website and read a few of the FAQs at a time until you've read all 50 of them.  There is also a video of the 50 FAQs on the front page.  This is a great place to start your investigation of the FairTax.

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