History of The Income Tax – A Mindset Change Is Needed
During income tax debates, you will likely hear some Liberal politician spouting off about how income tax rates on the rich used to be much higher, and how Americans have “historically low” income tax rates at the moment. When dirty politicians make statements like this, they are counting on the fact that most Americans will not go back and research the history of the income tax. This article is to give you a little background when you are making your lower tax arguments against your Liberal counterparts.
Most Americans do not realize that the United States of America survived over 80 years before the very first income tax was enacted…and that tax went solely to paying for the civil war. The income tax was then repealed after the war.
In 1894, a Liberal Congress again tried to tax income as a way to pay its bills…but the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional.
It was not until 1913 (less than 100 years ago) that the United States enacted the 16th amendment, which made taxes on income constitutional. Even then, the rules were so generous that less than 1% of people actually paid income tax.
So, the next time a Liberal tries to use the argument that income taxes used to be much higher, remind them that before the New Deal, Social Security, Medicare, and Welfare programs that the Democrats love, America survived over 130 years (more than half of our entire history) without an income tax (except for a few years to pay for the civil war).
The next time an irresponsible politician uses the income taxes are “historically low” argument, make sure you let every know the truth about the history of the income tax. These income tax levels are HISTORICALLY HIGH! For more than half of our country’s history, there was no income tax at all!
And perhaps most importantly…
The next time a Liberal argues against balancing the budget, tell them that income taxes are not the way to do it. Cutting spending is the only responsible way to balance the budget. Please share this article with your friends!