Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 22, 2014

Question of the Week #33 – 2014

Question of the Week #33 – 2014

What is the Sixteenth Amendment of the US Constitution?

My two cents (but please share yours):

The Sixteenth Amendment wasn’t ratified until 1913, barely over a century ago. How did the government pay its bills between 1776 and 1912?

AMENDMENT XVI  Passed by Congress July 2, 1909. Ratified February 3, 1913.

Note: Article I, section 9, of the Constitution was modified by amendment 16.

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.”


  1. I see this amendment as a beginning of the destruction of our nation. It was not the intent of those who passed it, but the income tax has been used since WW II to expropriate money from people who earned it in order to give a free ride to those who have not earned it.

    If we’re going to have that amendment, we should pass legislation to replace our tax code with either a flat tax or a sales tax, wherein everyone pays the same percentage rate.

    • Hi David, Lately, many individuals’ tax filings are requiring over twenty pages in forms. I think you may be right about that flat tax. And it would be good for everyone to have a little “skin in the game.” Cheers, Ashley

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