Wise Government 28

Dear JQ Public,

“We are not to attribute this prohibition of a national religious establishment to an indifference to religion in general, and especially to Christianity which none could hold in more reverence than the framers of the Constitution.” J. Story

DON'T BACK DOWN® on REPEALING THE 16TH AMENDMENT

The original Constitution states, “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts…” Duties and Imposts are known as a tariff, a tax levied on goods coming into this country while an Excise tax is based on consumption such as a gasoline tax paying for road construction and maintenance. It goes on to say, “No…direct Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census [of that state].” So, the Founders did not want a direct tax on a man’s labor. It was never their intent to tax the creation of wealth. They wanted a wealthy nation. They envisioned that if the federal government needed additional funding it would levy taxes on each State in proportion to the census.

The 16th Amendment ratified in 1913…has led to a broken tax system creating lawbreakers and making criminals of many citizens. It states, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”


Constitution Party

Since 1913, our Constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property have been abridged and diminished by the imposition on each of us of Federal income, payroll, and estate taxes. We propose legislation to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. To the degree that tariffs on foreign products, and excises, are insufficient to cover the legitimate Constitutional costs of the federal government, we will offer an apportioned “state-rate tax” in which the responsibility for covering the cost of unmet obligations will be divided among the several states in accordance with their proportion of the total population.








Democratic Party

(No mention is made to repeal the 16th Amendment.) We will restore fairness and responsibility to our tax code. We must reform our tax code. It’s thousands of pages long, a monstrosity that high-priced lobbyists have rigged with page after page of special interest loopholes and tax shelters. We will shut down the corporate loopholes and tax havens and use the money so that we can provide an immediate middle-class tax cut that will offer relief to workers and their families. We’ll eliminate federal income taxes for millions of retirees, because all seniors deserve to live out their lives with dignity and respect. We will not increase taxes on any family earning under $250,000 and we will offer additional tax cuts for middle class families. For families making more than $250,000, we’ll ask them to give back a portion of the Bush tax cuts to invest in health care and other key priorities. We will fulfill our obligation to strengthen Social Security and to make sure that it provides guaranteed benefits Americans can count on, now and in future generations. We will not privatize it.


Libertarian Party

All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution.  We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. We favor replacing the current government-sponsored Social Security system with a private voluntary system. The proper source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.


Republican Party

In any fundamental restructuring of federal taxation, to guard against the possibility of hypertaxation of the American people, any value added tax or national sales tax must be tied to simultaneous repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment, which established the federal income tax. The Republican Party will put a stop to both social engineering and corporate handouts by simplifying tax policy, eliminating special deals, and putting those saved dollars back into the taxpayers’ pockets. Republicans support tax credits for health care and medical expenses. We support a tax code that encourages personal savings. Government can play an important role in addressing economic dislocations by modernizing its re-training and unemployment assistance programs. Because affordable housing is in the national interest, any simplified tax system should continue to encourage homeownership.

About Mel Valkner

Mel Valkner CongressMelvin Valkner, CPA is a life-long resident of the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. After serving in the U.S. Army with tours in Vietnam and Germany, he attended Western Michigan University (WMU) graduating with the double majors of political science and philosophy. Returning to WMU for two more years of business and accounting classes he eventually became a CPA and tax professional.

Leaving public accounting he became a healthcare administrator, financial executive in manufacturing, education and service industries, entrepreneur and author. He is a former First Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan (USTPM.org), Michigan's affiliate of the national Constitution Party. He remains Chairman of the Kalamazoo County affiliate.