Low-Tax Conservatives Quietly Mourn the 100th Anniversary of the 16th Amendment
The day in 1909 when Congress passed the sixteenth amendment to levy income taxes on states without any obligations to share the financial fruits with them is remembered as a dark moment at the Cato Institute.
"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," the text of the sixteenth amendment reads.
Senior Fellow at Cato, Dan Mitchell, recalled the amendment unhappily today. In a conversation on tax reform proposals that could best suit the new economic landscape, Mitchell sighed that it was simply the "wrong ideological climate" for enacting Cato's brand of fiscal conservatism.
This is not to say there aren't a few ideas floating around Cato on April 15. Indeed, there's the hallowed single-rate consumption tax which Mitchell supports, noting that the Cato version should not be confused with a Euro-style VAT. He also endorsed limiting itemized deductions, which ironically Obama has signaled support for, and capping levies on corporate profits as well. But perhaps it's just not the right day to be talking about taxes at all.
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- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
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- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
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- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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