Essay On Strengths And Weaknesses Of The 16th Amendment

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Strengths and Weakness of the Constitution. Our government was founded on the core principles of union, justice, peace, protection, and liberty. In the process of maintaining these principles our government created the twenty-seven amendments. These amendments were intentionally made to please and satisfy the needs of the American people…Or were they?
Many of the amendments created have been welcomed with open arms in society, but the context of the 16th amendment is extremely controversial. Due to its simple wording, not all the details are clear, therefore creating confusion. The 16th amendment of 1913 states:
"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the
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To start off, the unfairness begins when you take a look at the resources used to collect tax. The government decides to give a certain amount of income to those with unemployment, many of whom are so sick, they cannot maintain themselves, and to those who deserve commissions and bonuses. What’s the big deal? I’m glad you asked. Why in the world would the government give a certain amount of money to the needy or deserving, only to take a percentage of the same money back? Doesn’t make sense to me, not to mention the group of hard working employees who depend on tips as their income only to have the government take some of that too. In our country jury duty is a mandatory responsibility that a citizen has absolutely no control of. To a degree the government reimburses them for the time at work lost, so tell me why a percentage is also taken from these people who have absolutely no say. The “sources” from which these taxes are taken need to be modified to remove the sources stated above not only to benefit the individuals, but to give our citizens motivation to work, find a job, or make a just conviction, instead of knowing they are going to get ripped off. It would also limit protests over taxes because people would be informed about what exactly the government is doing with …show more content…
Income tax has become a controversial issue in reference to how much is taken off a paycheck with absolutely no consideration of that person’s average income. The subtraction of tax is solely based on how much he/she earned in the days leading up to the paycheck. Many families struggle because, although they got a raise at their job and are getting paid more, the amount of tax reduction taken is incredibly high and they end up making the same as if they didn’t get a raise. Every tax reduction should be made based off of the average income of the entire family combined. This way, families would be able to support their households much easier and individuals would gain more interest in day to day tasks without worrying about how much tax they’re going to get taken and if they can pay their bills this time. People would rather have money in the moment than have to wait in order to gain savings. As Americans, we want a longer lasting, substantial change for this amendment because it would give larger overall short term satisfaction in addition to long-term

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