"A hand from Washington will be stretched out and placed upon every man's business; the eye of the federal inspector will be in every man's counting house.... The law will of necessity have inquisical features, it will provide penalties, it will create complicated machinery. Under it, men will be hauled into courts distant from their homes. Heavy fines imposed by distant and unfamiliar tribunals will constantly menace the taxpayer. An army of federal inspectors, spies, and detectives will descend upon the state."
Richard Evelyn Byrd, Sr.
(1860–1925) Lawyer, politician and newspaperman, Virginia Speaker of the House of Delegates (1908-1914)
Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1910, predicting the consequences of a federal income tax