16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Federal Income Tax (1913)
So much for that whole "takers vs. makers" thing. Another right wing talking point goes down the drain:
Much has been made of the fact that nearly half of Americans paid no federal income tax in 2010. Some people interpret that statistic as saying that we are a nation of makers and takers, with the makers paying the taxes that support the takers. But the story is not that simple. This video explains who doesn't pay income taxes and why, and notes that the share of non-payers is headed down to just a third a decade from now.
So what exactly are income taxes used for? This:
Medicare and Medicaid
Public school funding
Food and Drug Administration
Air traffic controllers
Sorry, anti-taxers, but privatization just won't cut it. That would make everything even more unaffordable, and the priority would be profiting rather than focusing on the quality of services that the government provides to protect its citizens. Instead, government is doing its job, per the U.S. Constitution:
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.