On 3/21/2017, 4:52:07 AM, Ron Hunter <rphunter@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 3/20/2017 8:47 PM, Wolf K. wrote:
>> Amendment 16
>> The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from
>> whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States,
>> without regard to any census or enumeration.
>> /end quote
> One which might have been an error, in retrospect. Somehow the federal
> government operated for quite a long time without it. Just another step
> to weaken the rights of states...
And according to the supreme Court, it actually didn't/doesn't provide
any new taxing power:
“[T]he Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation but simply
prohibited the previous complete and plenary power of income taxation
possessed by Congress from the beginning from being taken out of the
category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belonged.”
Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co., 240 U.S. 103
<http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct-cgi/get-us-cite?240+103>, 112 (1916)
So, it was basically a limitation on what judges could do (what the
judges did do in the Stanton case) if/when reviewing an income tax case.
The main amendment that demolished States Rights was the 17th amendment.
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