Below is a recent statement from Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots regarding amending the Constitution. I happen to agree with her and wish the folks who are pushing the concept of amending the Constitution through the Convention of the States would support Repeal of the 16th Amendment first over the BBA that they are pushing. Repealing the 16th amendment and then the 17th amendment would bring our country back in line with what our Founders envisioned. Not only that it would be incredibly beneficial by reducing the size of government and holding Senators accountable to their states in a way that is not possible any longer. Returning more social issues to the state level will be better for the country as a whole and make us stronger.
Jenny Beth Martin: Amending an Amendment
The Bill of Rights was drafted as a document limiting the reach of government and recognizing maximum freedom to individuals and the states. This broad philosophy is the foundation of grass-roots conservative in the tea party movement. But over time, the Constitution has been changed, sometimes resulting in the surrender of personal freedom to an increasingly powerful central government.
No single change to the Constitution better exemplifies this than the 16th Amendment, which gave Congress the authority to collect income tax beginning in 1913. Over the intervening 101 years, the 16th Amendment has resulted in a vast, complex and intrusive system of taxation. The onerous requirements of simply complying with the tax code burdens average American families who are trying their best to pay their taxes, file their tax returns and stay out of trouble. Ask any of these Americans how they feel about the process and they will invariably tell you our current system has to go.
We agree with the millions of Americans who seek fundamental reform to make taxes fairer and flatter, grow jobs and the economy, and put an end to abuses of power by the Internal Revenue Service. However, serious consideration of fundamental tax reform won’t happen until Congress’s constitutional authority to levy an income tax and fund the IRS is removed. That’s why we’re supporting Oklahoma Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine’s amendment to repeal the 16th Amendment. The current system of income tax has no place in the 21st century and more importantly, the 16th Amendment and the IRS’ enforcement of tax law have no place in a society of free people.
No one is suggesting Americans not pay taxes. Whether the income tax is replaced by a flat tax, a consumption tax or some other simplified system, Bridenstine’s bill makes accommodations for that. What we and others are saying is that we don’t need an income tax or the IRS to fund the government. Repealing the 16th Amendment would not only address those immediate issues of taxation, it would also serve to strengthen the constitutional rights that are compromised by the IRS.