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GET THIS STRAIGHT: The Internal Revenue code is unconstitutional in these wises: As has already been ruled by the Supreme Court, the sole effect of the 16th Amendment is to redefine the income tax as an indirect tax. (Income taxes had previously been considered direct taxes, and thus had to be “apportioned among the several States.” (Article 1, Section 2) It does nothing to repeal other provisions. Therefore, as redefined by the Amendment, income taxes are — in a mind-bending logical twist — “indirect” taxes (such as Duties, Imposts and Excises) and “shall be uniform throughout the United States” (Article 1, Section 8).

Question: Are income taxes uniform? Does everybody pay either the same rate or the same amount? Answer: Are you serious?

The rejoinder to that is that, for everyone in a given situation (and there are as many situations as there are citizens), the taxes are uniform on incomes of people in that situation.

But the Fourteenth Amendment requires that all citizens be afforded equal treatment under the law. Ask yourself: did you get an Earned Income Tax Credit? Did you pay the top marginal rate? The two, you will note, are probably mutually exclusive. Democrats and other statists constantly remind us that the Rich are required to pay more taxes than lesser folk.

Question: Is this equal treatment before the law? Answer: Are you serious?

So arguing over the new 1099 provision is Yet Another instance of re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. DO NOT argue particulars with statists over unconstitutional laws. Fight instead to get the unconstitutionality of the law recognized.

Question: Is the extension of the so-called Bush tax cuts likely to do the economy any good, long term or short? Answer: Are you serious?

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