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Title: 16th Amendment As Written: No Tax On Wages Or Salaries
Source: Sons of Liberty
URL Source: https://sonsoflibertymedia.com/16th ... n-no-tax-on-wages-or-salaries/
Published: Apr 16, 2019
Author: Bryan Fischer
Post Date: 2019-04-17 09:22:27 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 210
Comments: 8

The current tax code is now four million words long, more than four times longer than the collected works of Shakespeare, and six to seven times longer than the Bible. It requires 25 volumes to contain it, and takes up nine feet of shelf space.

According to Forbes, it takes Americans over six billion hours to comply with its filing requirements. That’s the equivalent of 8,758 lifetimes. In people years, not dog years.

This monstrosity is based entirely on the 16th Amendment, which authorizes Congress “to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived.”

Now, the 16th Amendment had to be ratified by the American people. How in the world did the framers of this misbegotten gargantua convince the American people to do this to themselves?

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Easy. They lied to us.

They told us “income” meant one thing when they convinced us to vote for it, then they changed its definition when it went into effect and nailed us all to the wall.

The American people were led to believe that the “income” that would be taxed under this amendment was what we today call “unearned income,” that is, profit from investments, dividends, interest, capital gains, and net income from business and corporate earnings.

The term “income” did not apply to wages and salaries. That was considered “earned income,” income received from labor, and not “unearned income,” the money fat cats made from investments and their corporations. What we call “unearned income” was the target of the 16th Amendment.

The American people were told that the income tax provision would apply only to the top one percent of wage earners, and would sock them with a one percent tax on income. The rest of America – you know, the ones that had to vote for this thing – were told we would be left alone. None of this would apply to us.

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Prior to the passage of the 16th Amendment, virtually the sole source of income to the federal government came from tariffs collected on imported goods. That itself was a profound limitation on the size and reach of the federal government. In 1910, for instance, the budget for the entire federal government was $1.042 billion dollars. You read that right. The entire federal budget in 1910 was one billion dollars.

Now, ordinary Americans complained that tariffs burdened them but gave a built-in profit margin to American manufacturers. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that production costs for manufactured items were the same in the U.S. as, let’s say, Europe. If importers had to pay, for example, a five percent tariff on everything it wanted to sell in the United States, then U.S. manufacturers could raise their prices four percent – pure, unadulterated profit for them – and still undercut international competition.

Since the increased cost for these goods fell upon ordinary, hard-working Americans while at the same time padding the already heavy wallets of the Vanderbilts and the Mellons and the Carnegies and the Rockefellers, working Americans began to feel that they were being taken advantage of, that they were in effect bearing all the cost of funding the federal government, and that the tariff system was essentially a perpetual, taxpayer-subsidized bailout for American tycoons.

So, the 16th Amendment was proposed as the solution. It was sold to the American public as a way to make the rich pay their “fair share.” No longer would the federal budget be balanced on the backs of the working poor, no sir. The free ride for the corporate fat cats was over. We were going to sock it to ‘em, by golly.  It was billed as a “soak the rich” scheme.

The meaning of the word “income” was clearly understood at the time. For instance, the authoritative Black’s Dictionary of Law, in its 1891 edition (reiterated verbatim in 1910), defined “income tax” this way: “A tax on the yearly profits arising from property, professions, trades, and offices.” (Emphasis mine throughout.)

West Publishing Company produced a widely used Judicial and Statutory Definition of Words and Phrases in 1904. It defined “income tax” as a “tax which relates to the product or income from property or from business pursuits…[it] includes a tax on the gross receipts of a corporation or business.”

You will notice absolutely no mention, anywhere, of the wages or salaries of the average citizen in the definition of “income.” The 16th Amendment was proposed and passed as a way of collecting indirect taxes on unearned incomes and annual profits.

As Sen. Heflin said during the congressional debate, “An income tax seeks to reach the unearned wealth of the country and to make it pay its share.”

Roger Foster wrote “A Treatise on the Federal Income Tax Under the Act of 1913” in 1914. In it he writes, “[I]t is evidently the intention, as a general rule, to tax only the profit of the taxpayer, not his whole revenue.” So wages and salaries were exempt from taxation under the 16tth Amendment; investment and dividend income and profits from business were not.

According to Investopedia, “unearned income” is “Any income that comes from investments and other sources unrelated to employment services.”

“It is the annuity check you get in the mail from your investments, it’s your passive income. It is not the money you worked for. It is the net income, the profit left over from your ‘income property’ after you have paid all your expenses and taxes on the property. It is the interest income that accrues to your savings account even while you sleep” (p. 236).

Hart adds, “[T]he target of the income tax amendment was income from unincorporated businesses and from investments” (p. 243). He concludes, “The people of America simply did not think the 16th Amendment was ever going to tax the wages or salary of a working man” (p. 313).

But it wasn’t long before the federal government, insatiably greedy for our money, changed the definition of “income” from the one we had voted for – investment and dividend income and corporate profits – to include wages and salaries. And so the march to a 3.8 million-word Leviathan began. It wasn’t long before ordinary working stiffs like you and me got completely hosed. A law intended to soak the rich instead now threatens to drown us.

Most folks, including me, will pay their taxes for the simple reason that they don’t want to go to jail. But the bottom line is this: if we are to be guided, as we should be, by the original intent of the framers of the Constitution and the intent of the American people when they voted for the 16th Amendment, then there is absolutely no constitutional authority for your wages or salaries to be taxed by Uncle Sam. None, nada, zilch, zip.

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.) (3 images)

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

would apply only to the top one percent of wage earners, and would sock them with a one percent tax on income.

If you were in the top 1% of wage earners, your income wasn't calculated from a time card showing how many hours you performed labor. Your money came about because of the success of your business or investments.

It's ridiculous to conclude that since taxes weren't collected on the income from labor meant that the 16th amendment didn't allow it.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-04-17   10:09:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

would apply only to the top one percent of wage earners, and would sock them with a one percent tax on income.

Hah! The old "Sock it to the rich"! How long did that last?

The new Democrat Governor of Illinois, J. B. Pritzker, in his very first act as Governor, is proposing a change to the Illinois State Constitution to switch from a flat State income tax (recently raised from 3% to 4.95%) to a "fair tax" whereby only those who earn more than $250,000 would see their taxes rise to 7.75%.

Show of hands. Who believes it will stay at 7.75% and only apply to those who earn over $250,000?

misterwhite  posted on  2019-04-17   10:22:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: misterwhite (#2)

It is patriotic and heroic NOT to pay Income tax. It is the only way the usury system of the private banks can be destroyed.

THIS IS A TAG LINE...Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2019-04-17   23:52:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: jeremiad (#3)

It is the only way the usury system of the private banks can be destroyed.

The only way? What about forcing them to issue mortgages to unqualified home buyers?

misterwhite  posted on  2019-04-19   8:29:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: misterwhite (#4)

I was speaking of the Federal Reserve sir. They make money printing money, and their reward is collecting our taxes every year to pay the interest on those pieces of paper.

THIS IS A TAG LINE...Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2019-04-19   21:14:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: jeremiad (#5)

I was speaking of the Federal Reserve sir. They make money printing money, and their reward is collecting our taxes every year to pay the interest on those pieces of paper.

The federal funds rate is 2.5 percent as of March 21, 2019. That's not usury.

Bank of America charges 29.9% on it's credit card. That's usury.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-04-20   9:30:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: misterwhite (#6)

But I can avoid credit cards, I cannot avoid using Dollars, they are a debt instrument. A private corporation with the ability to create money out of thin air is usury. Are they not collecting at least 2.5% on 22,000,000,000,000? Probably closing in on a Trillion dollars in interest per year in gross receipts, a few bucks for computers and employees. Probably going broke....

THIS IS A TAG LINE...Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2019-04-23   23:59:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: jeremiad (#7)

Probably closing in on a Trillion dollars in interest per year

"In 2015, the Federal Reserve earned net income of $100.2 billion and transferred $97.7 billion to the U.S. Treasury."

misterwhite  posted on  2019-04-24   9:10:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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