HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Democratic Primaries (Forum) » New poll finds overwhelmi... » Reply #19
Undecided 44%
Elizabeth Warren22%
Joe Biden14%
Bernie Sanders8%
Pete Buttigieg6%

Response to Buzz cook (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 03:34 PM

19. The income tax require an amendment in order to be implemented.

 

The Constitution prohibits federal direct taxes that are not apportioned by population, except for the income tax which is specifically permitted by the Sixteenth Amendment. So the issue is what is a direct tax? Other taxes such as the estate tax and business income tax were found constitutional for different reasons...the estate tax was upheld as an indirect tax on the transfer of wealth. The business income tax was upheld as an excise tax for the privilege of doing business. None were ruled constitutional as direct taxes. Also, all involved some sort of business enterprise.

This doesn't exist in the wealth tax...and we have an unfriendly court towards progressive policy...thus I believe the wealth tax would be found unconstitutional as it violates the apportion aspect that must be present in order to make a direct tax permissible and an unfriendly SCOTUS makes this very likely too.

Now this has nothing to do with the constitutionality of a wealth tax, but I would not be in favor of multiple taxes on the same money and assets . I think eventually we will all pay such a tax...just like we all pay income taxes today...even though it began as a tax on the wealthy.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 23 replies Author Time Post
Hassin Bin Sober Nov 8 OP
guillaumeb Nov 8 #1
CentralMass Nov 8 #3
guillaumeb Nov 8 #4
Red Oak Nov 8 #2
Demsrule86 Nov 8 #12
Buzz cook Nov 8 #14
LineLineLineLineNew Reply The income tax require an amendment in order to be implemented.
Demsrule86 Nov 8 #19
Buzz cook Nov 8 #22
Uncle Joe Nov 8 #5
world wide wally Nov 8 #6
BeyondGeography Nov 8 #7
redqueen Nov 8 #8
Buzz cook Nov 8 #16
Hoyt Nov 8 #9
tirebiter Nov 8 #10
Hassin Bin Sober Nov 8 #13
tirebiter Nov 8 #15
Buzz cook Nov 8 #17
tirebiter Nov 8 #20
Buzz cook Nov 8 #21
colsohlibgal Nov 8 #11
Gothmog Nov 8 #18
tirebiter Nov 9 #23
Please login to view edit histories.