William Thien

Abolish The Sixteenth Amendment!

Posted on: March 17, 2013

Amendment Sixteen is the “Income Tax” amendment which enables the levy of taxes on income. Enacted in 1913 the amendment enables the federal government to tax income in an almost arbitrary manner to pay for anything the government deems necessary. Prior to the income tax amendment the government raised revenues via tariffs (customs duties) and excise taxes. The founding fathers felt income taxes were more injurious to the tax payer than excise or customs taxes and so fought against them.

Here is the text of The Sixteenth Amendment:

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.

Clearly the text of The Sixteenth Amendment indicates such income taxation is arbitrarily determined based on Congressional whim.

It is my belief that the income tax is ruining the country’s small business climate as it has steadily increased over the last eighty years from under five percent for most to often now reaching into the thirtieth percentile. Since the income is taken from your weekly or periodic pay you do not have that discretionary income left (off it has gone to the government) to purchase small ticket items at the store which are made in the United States, where it often costs more to manufacture such items than Asia, for example, where the cost of labor is lower. Since you have less income due to the income tax you cannot afford “Made in America.” The gross effect is then that the income tax destroys American Industry. Small ticket items manufacturing is the bread and butter of American business as you purchase such items on a regular basis with receipt of your weekly pay, rather than a car or a house, for example. I’ve blogged on this in the past, click here to read the essay ==> Income Taxes: Serial Killer of American Small Business.

Let’s do some basic math on the matter. If for example you made $1,000 a month in pay and your income tax was five percent (wow, that would be nice), your tax would be $50.00. But if your income tax on the same pay is twenty-five percent, you are taking home $750.00 instead of $950.00. That $200.00 a month is going directly to the federal government, perhaps for you on a bi-weekly basis! For what! What do you get really!? Nothing that benefits you in the long term in terms of property or rights. Nothing! With that $200.00 you could build your savings, buy a new car, you name it. But instead it is going to the federal government. What do you get for that $200.00 from the federal government? Over the last thirty or forty years you have seen an incredible attack on your rights to privacy and property with all manner of changes regarding search and seizure and surveillance of Americans. You are now a suspect, did you know that!

The income tax has many, many negative effects on Americans. The income tax undermines small business and industry, it effects people’s savings as they have less to set aside (it’s going to the government instead), it forces people to buy on credit more causing massive financial distress, and it allows foreign producers where labor is less expensive to overcome American industry.

It is time to abolish The Sixteenth Amendment! It is destroying America!

I’ve often thought what should The Sixteenth Amendment be replaced with? How about a Balanced Budget Amendment that requires Congress to keep its house in order instead of increasing income taxes when things get tough.

Copyright © William Thien 2013

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4 Responses to "Abolish The Sixteenth Amendment!"

Reblogged this on William Thien and commented:

With ending The Sixteenth Amendment it is unlikely Americans will ever see an improving tax situation.


The income tax was actually prohibited under Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.


Thank you for your comment. It’s a good point. Sometimes it makes you wonder how closely the government actually operates within the confines of the constitution to begin with.


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