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.
This gave the Government the right to take a percentage of money that you work for, not divided equally between the states, or population. It’s not the first time either. Back in the Civil War, to fund it, Congress passed a 2% income tax, then a 2-5% as the war progressed. But it ended in 1866, the last time a income tax ever ended. Now the top rate is 35% if I remember right. Someones getting greedy *cough* Uncle Sam *cough*.
Between the Civil War and 1909, when this amendment was proposed, a political party named the Socialist Labor Party along with the Populist Party were pushing for a graduated income tax, as was Karl Marx in the same time period. Funny, spread the wealth but not the labor isn’t that new. Amazing is that 3/4 of the states legislatures thought it was a good idea. Now if you want to get rid of the income tax, we have to repeal it with another amendment for it to do any good and stay dead. Good luck convincing Congress to stop bleeding the producers of the country. Now any form of profit is taxed as income, from paychecks, to interest off of savings. Punished for being responsible, the new American Way.
Remember that just societies have a check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!
Another essay to follow on the Seventeenth Amendment. Stay tuned for it next week.