remember the old adage-beggars cannot be choosers? well the dems have an attitude that not only are people entitled to the wealth of others, if you are being soaked you should be happy that the goverment doesn't take more to buy the votes of their supporters
lets suppose the income tax is being discussed prior to ratification-give us a good argument why we should have an income tax
and make it to the founders-for they were land owners and pretty much the top of society.
make an argument why winners would incorporate such a thing in a document they created
No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.
To head off the argument about Article I Section VIII Clause I's statement of 'To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises' James Madison stated, in regards to general welfare, that all of the grants of power pertaining to it is self-contained and listed in that section. Therefore, using his reasoning then the only taxes allowed are by enumeration or by duties. Imposts are the same duties since they're both tariffs placed on the manufacturers of said goods. Since it's placed on the manufacturer a person is not taxed.
Here is the rest of the Clauses pertaining to taxes in the Constitution from Article I Section IX Clause V, Article I Section IX Clause VI, and Article I Section X Clause II.
No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.
No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another; nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.
No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.
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