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The 100th Anniversary of U.S. Income Taxes

Ben Linus Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 8:09 PM
The other 100th Anniversary is the 17th Amendment, electing Senators by popular vote. That's been another HUGE mistake that needs to be corrected. 1913 was a horrifically bad year. It's been downhill ever since.
Kibitzer Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 1:05 PM
In states that are solidly blue or red, the old way of selecting Senators would assure that virtually all Senators from those states would be from the majority party in those states. For example, Illinois would likely not have had as many Republican Senators as there have been since the seventeenth amendment. Politics is politics, and when the people give up their right select who will represent them and let politicians do the choosing, they get what the Politicians want not necessarily what they want. You may want to give the Politicians the right to cast your vote, but I do not.
goldilocks Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 9:50 AM
Please explain how and why.
KPar Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 7:13 PM
The Constitution recognized three entities, the Federal Government, the States, and the People. The function of the Federal government was to be controlled by the States and the People. The House of Representatives was to be the voice of the People, the Senate (chosen by those state governments) was the voice of the States. The intent here was to prevent the States (independently Sovereign) from becoming mere subordinates to the Feds.

To see how this worked out, do you think that the Federal Government would be able to pass ANY "unfunded mandates" upon the States without the 17th Amendment?

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 16th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which made it legal for the U.S. federal government to impose taxes upon the income earned by Americans. Since income tax season in the United States has officially begun, we thought we'd mark the occasion by revisiting our original Form 1040 tool, where you can find out how much of the money you earned last year would have been taken from you by Uncle Sam back in 1913!

Back then, of course, you would only have...