Do you have any quotes or writings from the framers of the 16th amendment that would indicate that the meaning really was what you say, and that it was not intended to allow Congress to apply an income tax as it now does? I mean, a huge part of the argument by Ron Paul and his supporters is that the founders did not intend for certain clauses (General welfare, interstate commerce, necessary and proper, etc) of the Constitution to authorize all the stuff that Congress does. Contortion of those words without regard for the original meaning is what has allowed all these laws and programs to be approved. So in a discussion on the meaning of the 16th Amendment, shouldn't we likewise refer to what the people who wrote the amendment meant for it to mean?
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