UPDATE: Cold Turkey (quitting the income tax habit)

UPDATE: The intent of this idea of going “cold turkey” on the federal income tax is really all about restoring the constitutional balance between the federal government, state governments, and the people.  The founding fathers viewed the potential of the federal government to accumulate power and trample on freedom and liberty with trepidation.  In response, the authors of the constitution and Bill of Rights included as many checks, balances, and fences around federal authority as possible.

One of the natural limitations on federal power was the ability to tax.  Limited federal revenues naturally limited federal power.  This began to change with the passage of the 16th Amendment.  The federal-state-people relationship turned virtually upside-down in the wake of the New Deal, World War II, and especially with the Great Society social-welfare explosion of the 1960s and 70s.

The only way to begin the process of restoring the proper federal/states constitutional balance is to…

…eliminate the federal income tax .

The current state sovereignty movement is a related response to this constitutional imbalance. Michelle Malkin has an excellent post on this topic (click here).


Once upon a time the “old men” of the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held so tight on to purse strings of the U.S. Treasury they were known as “crusty tightwads” and “the gatekeepers.” The Constitution says all spending bills must start in the House of Representatives. Before the U.S. government can spend money on bridges to nowhere and research into depression among cattle in Texas, such bills must go through the wringer of the Appropriations Committee. At least the Committee used to be this way, where spending bills went to have the pork wrung out.

Unfortunately, in recent years the Committee has become known more as spendthrifts than tightwads. The rise in congressional earmarks is due as much to the gatekeepers holding open the U.S. wallet to any and all comers wishing for a handout.

For fiscal conservatives, McCain’s recent stand against earmarks was a flickering light of truth in an otherwise black night of pandering to the left and federal deficit spending by both political parties. With our national debt now over $10 TRILLION dollars, it is time for Americans to cut off the juice to Congress. Cold turkey. Not one more shot, not one more beer on the taxpayers dime.

For years we’ve heard the promises from Washington to simplify the tax code, to lesson the burden on the American taxpayer. ”Flat tax”, “fair tax”, they’re all the same. Washington keeps telling us, “We’re not taxaholics! We can stop anytime!” No more, people. As a designated conservative, it’s time to tell your inebriated Washington D.C. friends they must stop tax-and-spending with wild abandon. It’s time to end the federal income tax.

The 16th Amendment establishes federal authority to collect income taxes, which started small and grew into the intrusive behemoth of the I.R.S. and a bloated federal bureaucracy. It’s time for a true change we can believe in: Repeal the 16th Amendment.

The Constitution includes a provision for amendments to be adopted by state conventions, where the people themselves gather to decide and vote. Only one amendment (the 21st, which repealed the 18th Amendment – Prohibition) was adopted by state conventions. This is a good precedent, which should be followed in getting the federal government out of our paychecks.

Proposed Amendment to the

Constitution of the United States of America

16th Amendment Repealed

Federal Income Tax Prohibited

1. The sixteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

2. The Congress shall have no 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.

3. The article shall be inoperative until January first of the next calendar year after three years shall have passed from the date it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution.

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One Response to UPDATE: Cold Turkey (quitting the income tax habit)

  1. Since writing this I have discovered that repeal of the 16th Amendment was a cornerstone of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. While I wasn’t thrilled with the whole cult of personality aura that surrounded Ron Paul, it’s good to know that great minds do think alike 🙂 …or maybe it was more like “loons of a feather flock together?….”

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