the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”d. What did the Founding Fathers think about taxes on personal income?Washington’s views in context. He said this in his farewell address:To facilitate to them the performance of their duty, it is essential that you should practically bear in mind that towards the payment of debts there must be revenue; that to have revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant; that the intrinsic embarrassment, inseparable from the selection of the proper objects (which is always a choice of difficulties), ought to be a decisive motive for a candid construction of the conduct of the government in making it, and for a spirit of acquiescence in the measures for obtaining revenue, which the public exigencies may at any time dictate. (http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2010/06/16/the-founding-fathers-and-taxes-the-real-story/#sthash.twwISlFO.dpbs)In other words, yeah, it’s always going to be a pain to pay taxes, but to promote the common good, we need them so we can raise revenue and do the things the public needs done. So YES we need to pay taxes BUT the amount of taxes paid should be equal across the board. America’s founders rejected the income tax entirely, but when they spoke of taxes they recognized the need for uniformity and equal protection to all citizens. “[A]ll duties, imposts and excises shall be uniformthroughout the United States,” reads the U.S. Constitution. And 80 years later, in the same spirit, the Fourteenth Amendment promised “equal protection of the laws” to all citizens.In other words, the principle behind the progressive income tax—the more you earn, the larger the percentage of tax you must pay—would have been appalling to the founders. They recognized that, in James Madison’s words, “the spirit of party and faction” would prevail if Congress could tax one group ofcitizens and confer the benefits on another group. (http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/04/14/the-founders-vs-the-progressive-income-tax/)
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