People may very well have an actual argument over just how federal tax monies are being spent. That is perfectly legitimate. But to argue, as some do, that the federal government does not have the legal Constitutional right to even tax its citizens, is totally bogus, and even directly against the Constitution, which many of the same anti tax people seem to believe is almost a purely holy document (while not even understanding just what is even in the document itself). An example of this is in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution itself (not even an amendment, an actual part of the original Constitution) as follows:
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”
This makes it perfectly clear to anybody that can read and understand relatively simple English that the Congress of the US has the legal right to tax the citizens of the US in any way it wishes, and by any amount it wishes also. It also states that Debt service and our military are legitimate expenditures of the federal government. However, almost anything that in any way benefits the “welfare” of the country (and therefore its citizens) is also a legitimate expense of the federal government.
Now, you might legitimately want to argue that last item if you wish. Indeed you not only have the right to do that, but even the obligations as an informed citizen to do that also. But, in order for any such argument for or against a particular expense to be in any way affective, it must be taken to your elected representatives in Congress. Arguing on forums such as this one might be fun, but it practically achieves almost nothing to actually change things.
As for the last part, I can well believe that even the most conservative of posters here must admit that the at the very least the IRS does a relatively good job of taxing all of the people of this country evenly, whether or not you live in either California (as I do) or Mississippi.
For my own part, personally (at least some 40 to 50 years ago) I found that if I have a problem in paying my federal income taxes. that if I humbly take my problem to the IRS office with the attitude that I truly wish to be able to pay my just taxes, that the people in that office (remember that just because you work for the IRS itself, you are not any more exempt from federal taxes than any other citizen) will bend over backwards to help you set up a plan to pay your taxes. And this is not usually the case with private banks or loan agencies. Of course if you go into the IRS with a chip on your shoulder about your federal taxes, (as many do) then you can indeed expect that the same people have the power to ruin you financially!!
I know this was a relatively long post (even for me), but this is not a “soundbite” sort of issue! So thanks for reading. And Have A Very Good Day!!!
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