Let's think about whether all acts of Congress deserve our respect and obedience. Suppose Congress enacted a law -- and the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional -- requiring American families to attend church services at least three times a month. Should we obey such a law? Suppose Congress, acting under the Constitution's commerce clause, enacted a law requiring motorists to get eight hours of sleep before driving on interstate highways. Its justification might be that drowsy motorists risk highway accidents and accidents affect interstate commerce. Suppose you were a jury member during the 1850s and a free person were on trial...
A politician I know once said that the art of taxation is to keep them as high as possible but low enough that the black market doesn't take over. I think that's where we are now. Many of the people that I know who are working independently (either a second job to make ends meet, between jobs, or laid off) are asking to be paid in cash, even significant amounts of cash. The law requires banks to report cash transactions over $10K, but several separate $9,999 cash transactions are perfectly legal.
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