The Power to Impose Income Taxes?

Constitutionally, the controversy that resulted in the adoption of the Sixteenth Amendment had nothing to do with the federal government’s power to impose so-called “income taxes.”  The issue was a class of tax controversy―not a power to tax controversy. In order to understand this issue, it is important to review the taxing clauses of the…

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Abandon the Constitution to Save it?

Based on ideas from Cokie Roberts’ recent article found here, it is hard to draw any conclusion other than she prefers a dictatorship of the federal government to the balance of power guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Obamacare has been signed into law. However, there are a number of other checks and balances built into…

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Of Socialism, Fascism, Liberalism, And Obama

A lot of talk went on early in Obama’s presidency, calling him alternately- fascist, communist/socialist, or liberal.  But what do these terms really mean?  It’s easy to simply name call, but in reality these terms have meaning beyond what people realize.  Some of them are correctly attributed, but the truth is more complicated to discern.…

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Legislative Update for the Week of April 12

In addition to the health care and free enterprise legislation going before the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday, there are several other important bills that need our support this week. The issuance of a state attorney general opinion that leaves out the most important part of the Constitution’s supremacy clause and then proceeds to completely…

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