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  •  So Lincoln is the hook (1+ / 0-)
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    Bluehawk

    for a diary taking the protectionist side of free trade v. protectionism? the protectionist model you bring up lives today IMHO in the export oriented model followed by the Asian ex-tigers and is not a strong argument for protectionism.  Was going to bring up Smoot-Hawley but I see you are unpersuaded by it.

    Lincoln did define the strong Federal government and create the federal government as we know it today.  the GOP today tends to forget this.  Prosecuting war to preserve the union, instituting (an illegal) income tax to fund it, seizing control of a state (Indiana) and running it from the White House, creating the Secret Service  (to protect the integrity of all those greenbacks) -the creation of a strong central government is one of the legacies of Lincoln.

    "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1. Keep the faith.

    by Tonga 23 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:51:21 AM PST

    •  Illegal income tax? (1+ / 0-)
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      How so?

      14th Amendment is illegal?

      To Goldman Sachs in according to their desires, From us in accordance with the IRS.

      by Bluehawk on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:12:45 AM PST

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      •  Lincoln's income tax came earlier (2+ / 0-)
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        Tonga 23, wsexson

        The Court found it unconstitutional after the war.

        The GOP is the party of mammon. They mock what Jesus taught.

        by freelunch on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:42:35 AM PST

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      •  The Income Tax was made constitutional in 1913 (0+ / 0-)

        My comment has nothing to do with the 14th amendment.
        The Supreme Court struck down the income tax in 1895 in Pollock v. Farmer's Loan and Trust Co.  Direct taxation of income was made constitutional on February 3, 1913 upon the ratification of the Sixteenth amendment.

        Lincoln's income tax laws were repealed during the Grant administration in 1872

        "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1. Keep the faith.

        by Tonga 23 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 11:03:15 AM PST

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