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Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]

On May 8, 2006, at 2:22 PM, Steve Lamb wrote:

Matthias Julius wrote:
To cite the U.S. Constitution
(from http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html):
| Section 8 - Powers of Congress
| The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties,
| Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common
| Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties,
| Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Thanks for that cite, goes to show another area the Feds are messing up. Uniform taxation... yeah, and what's this with the progressive tax scale? Not
very uniform to me.
You might want to read the 16th Amendment. (http:// www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Am16)..
| Amendment XVI
| 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.
...as well as the various court rulings and Congressional Research Service reports. You might find the analysis posted at http:// www.thepriceofliberty.org/04/04/16/greenslade.htm interesting.

FWIW, ''uniform'' doesn't mean ''flat''. It just means geographic uniformity for the rules of taxation--i.e. not favoring one state over another. If you're so inclined, you could try to argue _de facto_ non-uniformity--e.g. CT with a higher median income pays higher federal incomde taxes. Good luck on that one, though!

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