On July 9, 1868, the 14th Amendment was ratified. In addition to granting citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States” (including recently freed slaves), it forbids denying any person “the equal protection of the laws.”
The Supreme Court has recently applied “equal protection of the laws” to “marriage equality” and is attempting to do the same with “transgender bathroom equality”.
The second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence underscores that tenet: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal” – well, until it comes to taxes.
The Federal income tax, introduced after the ratification of the 16th Amendment on February 3, 1913 is a “progressive” tax – the more you make, the higher the percentage of taxes you pay. Put another way, people are not taxed equally under current income tax laws. Ironically, this is not only “okay” in the minds of the Liberal Left, it’s argued that the “rich” should pay more, and somehow their “fair share” is inherently and rightly UNEQUAL.
Not only does this argument fail the “fairness” test, shouldn’t the discrimination and inequality created by Income Tax laws render them unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law?
Interestingly, Utah and three other states rejected the 16th Amendment, and the legislatures from two additional states didn’t even consider it.