The power to tax is the power to destroy — this was quoted in the U.S. Supreme Court case McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 327 (1819). Daniel Webster, in arguing the case, said: “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy,”
U.S. Supreme Court in Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 US 105 overturned a state license tax as unconstitutional:
“It could hardly be denied that a tax laid specifically on the exercise of those freedoms would be unconstitutional. Yet the license tax imposed by this ordinance is, in substance, just that.
It is a license tax — a flat tax imposed on the exercise of a privilege granted by the Bill of Rights.
A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the Federal Constitution.”
U.S. Supreme Court in Butcher’s Union v. Crescent City 111 US 746:
“The property which every man has in his own labor, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable. … to hinder his employing this strength and dexterity in what manner he thinks proper without injury to his neighbor, is a plain violation of this most sacred property.”
That’s right. Your labor is your most sacred property. How did you waive the right to your most sacred property?
President Jefferson, concluding his first inaugural address, March 4, 1801:
“… a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government… “
Under the U.S. Constitution, in 1798, Vice President Thomas Jefferson reassured the people of Kentucky that they were free from all federal laws, except for the three crimes mentioned in the Constitution, “and no other crimes whatever”. He went on to say:
(and all other their acts which assume to create, define, or punish crimes other than those enumerated in the Constitution) are altogether void and of no force, and that the power to create, define, and punish such other crimes is reserved, and of right appertains solely and exclusively to the respective States, each within its own Territory.”
That’s right. People in States are free. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
A dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court case Spreckels Sugar Refining v. McClain 192 U.S. 397:
Keeping in mind the well settled rule that the citizen is exempt from taxation unless the same is imposed by clear and unequivocal language,..”
U.S. Supreme Court in McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 US 316:
We find, then, on just theory, a total failure of this original right to tax the means employed by the government of the Union, for the execution of its powers. The right never existed, and the question whether it has been surrendered, cannot arise. … The power to tax involves the power to destroy.”
The power to tax may be exercised oppressively upon persons, but the responsibility of the legislature is not to the courts, but to the people by whom its members are elected.”
And no, the 16th Amendment did not change this. The US Supreme Court in Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co., 240 US 103 (1915)
…it was settled that the provisions of the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation.”
The Stanton case is confusing. As you puzzle your way through it, don’t forget that the defendant is a mining company profiting from a federal privilege.
Unknown to me, I found out too late that the IRS was taxing my wages in order to pay the perfectly legitimate indirect tax for an underground coal mine that I did not know about — and does not exist. If you are NOT a federal employee, your IRS files will prove that YOU ARE BEING TAXED FOR A FEDERAL PRIVILEGE that you do not know about. My story is throughout the pages of NotFooledByGovernment.com