Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Libertarian Candy: Repealing the 16th Amendment

Today on the Glenn Beck program, Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke of something that can only be described as libertarian candy: repealing the 16th Amendment. The transcript is available here.

If you've read my prior posts, you know I don't think much of the 16th Amendment, or current income tax law. I don't believe the 16th Amendment should be permitted to trample the 4th or 6th Amendments. I believe Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution (relevant section) was deliberately designed to limit government power: "No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken."

I'm glad to hear there's a growing movement to do something about this problem. By the way, I think the Fair Tax should be implemented instead as a Constitutional source of revenue for necessary programs.

For a brief, cogent argument about why the 16th Amendment should be repealed, have a look at this essay.


John said...

Supporters of the FairTax also support Repeal of the 16th amendment. Now they are mobilizing many of the tea party groups and other web-based groups to join forces in a July 12th movement seeking to greatly heighten public awareness of the evils of personal income taxation. The movement seeks to combine their millions of members to support with a deafening chorus from sea to sea a demand that the government be returned to WE THE PEOPLE!

A special site has been set up where Americans can sign a "2nd Declaration of Independence" like the one our forefather patriots did. All of the web groups out there are invited to co-promote and co- sponsor the July 12th movement regardless of the solutions they tout.

July 12th 2009 has been declared a National Day of Mourning as it is the Centennial of the birth of personal income taxation!

Gathering millions to participate in this movement will greatly increase the awareness of a mostly indifferent citizenry. The Declaration and Demand for Repeal is explained and may be signed at

Andrew said...

Thanks, John, I'll check it out.