"Congress will ever exercise their powers
to levy as much money as the people can pay.
They will not be restrained from direct taxes
by the consideration that necessity does not require them."
Melancton Smith
(1744-1798) opponent of Alexander Hamilton during New York's ratifying convention
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With so much power now in their hands, the newly Independent colonies (now States) struggled to keep themselves in check -- they now had to manage themselves. From the beginning, Congress has attempted to take from the People as much as it could. That was the purpose of the Constitutions -- to keep the government strictly in check because the potential for abuse is SO great and ultimately dangerous to the survival of the Republic.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The People will exercise their wits to pay as little tax as they can get away with. They will not be restrained from evasion of payment by the consideration that necessity requires it.
     -- David L. Rosenthal , Hollywood     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    That's why it's everyone's responsibility to stay informed, vote and demonstrate when bastards like the thugs who run our government now are violating the Constitution and basic moralilty.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
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    The purpose of taxation is to control. Necessity of funds has very little to do with it. Ultimately governments will tax everything away to take complete control if they are allowed to do it. When they do, welcome to Karl Marx's utopia (or Joe Stalin's).
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Government uses taxes to wage wars and give aid to foreign countries. They certainly don't need it to run the country. Dick, is it morally acceptable to defend your life and that of your family and friends?
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    If we send it they will spend it. Dick perfectly described the people in Washington running (ruining) the country.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    Too bad there weren't more opponents of Alexander Hamilton who should have been hanged as a traitor for the legacy he created.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    I know an accountant that, during his trial, the prosecutor stated that the accused had 'defrauded the government of its money' because without his structuring of clients estates and financial affairs, they would have paid much more in expected taxes. Of all the accountant's clients audits, not one had to pay anything more, different or new. Direct taxes are contrary to the law of nature and of nature's God, immoral, and counter productive to the individual sovereign's financial welfare. Those most vile, that make their living off stolen booty from the noble laborer's fruits (congressman, bankers - fiat currency enablers, IRS, etc.), should be prosecuted to the fullest for at least, operating under color of law to steal from, torture and destroy individuals and society as a whole.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The Monarchy of the UK still runs the world and you thought you won the war of independence.
     -- RBESRQ     
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    RBE...I agree that our government is not OUR government...but that we are run by English Monarchy is highly debatable. I'm pretty sure that if we look into the owners of the Fed and other Central Banks...we'll find that we are run by evil greedy zionists bent on global control. End the Fed.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    If a direct tax gets in the way of congressional theft and enslavement, it will simply change the meaning of "direct" (or indirect), make the once sovereign individual a chattel of the whole and charge an excise or do some other despicable act whereby the whole of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land can justify its criminal tyranny by threat of deadly force.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Ronw13, USA      
    my boy just had to make it anti semetic
     -- poppa, Libby     
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