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Congressman Steve King Proposes Repeal Of Sixteenth Amendment

Yesterday, Congressman Steve King, Republican from Iowa, introduced H. J. Res 16, legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives with a short and simple active clause: “The sixteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed”.

The sixteenth amendment to the Constitution reads: “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.”

Steve King’s new constitutional amendment would make it impossible for the federal government to collect taxes. The only income to support the federal government would come from from tariffs and fees. Given the need to make payments on the debt that already exists, King’s amendment would essentially shut the federal government down.

No more military. No more environmental protections. No more Homeland Security, Fbi, CIA or NSA. No more food and drugs regulation, labor regulations, or Centers for Disease Control. No more federal highways.

Would it be worth it?

4 thoughts on “Congressman Steve King Proposes Repeal Of Sixteenth Amendment”

  1. Quinton Underwood says:

    “REPEAL OF THE SIXTENTH ADMENDMENT” I would like to hear his comments justifying such a move. As it stands I think this is totally ASINE and reeks of IRRESPONSIBILTY. What I would favor is starting at a level of $10,000.00 annual income with all loop holes business or personal closed period. You as a person, NO deductions for personal, medical, charity, or otherwise. You as a business no deductions for new equipment, OSHA payments, insurance, plant supplies or otherwise.

    A flat tax of 10% under the aforementioned guidelines would in just a short time have money building to the point that we would have to look for places to put it.

    Quinton Underwood
    Riverview, Fl.

  2. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Countries can raise revenue without income taxes actually. Most countries in the world have GST or VAT taxes which due to not being direct taxes don’t require an amendment. Some countries even have a land value tax also know as property tax.

    The amendment didn’t enable income taxation technically, but removed the requirement of the money raised to either be spent on each state equally or spent on each state in proportion to population. That is what the last clause of the Sixteenth Amenedment meant.

    How do states raise revenue? What percentage of revenue for each state is from: General Sales Tax? Selective Sales Tax? Property Tax? Liscense/Fees? Corporate Income Tax? Individual Income Tax?

    The Gif is about all states and DC during the year 2007.

    Rumor has it online that there will be an upcoming federal sales tax bill, but only after this amendment repeal bill goes through. No matter what happens with this bill, it still may get made anyways. Ever since 1999, this has popped up every so often.

    America currently has neither a federal sales tax nor a federal land value (property) tax.

    The amendment has nothing to do with taxes in general. It only has to do with income taxation. There are lots of alternative sources of revenue other than just tariffs and fees like you assume. You assume no income tax equals no revenue. We could and should and maybe even will pass the Fair Tax!

  3. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    The Fair Tax template leads to all relevant articles Wikipedia has.

    I’d also reccomend checking the Americans for Fair Taxation site as well as the Fair Tax books like The Fair Tax Book by Neal Boortz and John Linder, Fair Tax: The Truth: Answering The Critics by Neal Boortz and John Linder, The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to the Fair Tax by Ken Clark, America’s Best Kept Secret: Fair Tax: Give Yourself a 25% Raise by Al Ose, and Fair Tax: Can it save the failing U.S. economy? By Christopher McChesney, and Fair Not Flat : How to Make the Tax System Better and Simpler by Edward McCaffery.

    The Supreme Court did rule in “Brushaber v. Union Pacific R. Co., 240 U.S. 1 (1916)” that Congress had the power to impose income taxation even without the Sixteenth Amendent and that the amendment was about removing the apportionment requirement from income taxation only. I will copy the part for emphasis: “without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.” That and not income tax itself is what the amendment is about!

  4. Tom says:

    Tax monies are misspent and are a burden to the poor and middle classes. The corporate sector by and large avoids taxation and the wealthy find ways to hide their money so as to make most of it not taxable. Social Security was a great idea until Congress decided to “borrow” from the fund, but never thought about putting any of it back, so now it’s a “problem.” The military is the biggest waste of tax dollars, but they get a blank check while programs for the arts, the poor or for other real needs (like infrastructure maintenance) get little to nothing. It’s the same problem of the commons we see played out all over the world and there doesn’t seem to be a solution.

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