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  •  It DOES say this: (1+ / 0-)
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    The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

    No, I don't know what "capitation taxes" are?

    Then again, I don't know what "Impost Taxes" are, either.

    •  Impost and Capitation relieved. (1+ / 0-)
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      Impost: and imposed tax. Capitation: A poll tax.

      No I did't know either and have a very good vocabulary.  

      A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

      by YellerDog on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 09:08:07 PM PST

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    •  Catesby may have been suggesting (2+ / 0-)
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      jamess, VClib

      (and I'm just speculating about her point) that you go beyond section 8 and read section 9 (among others). Ranting about the federal gov'ts section 8 power to lay and collect taxes while omitting the constraints on that power makes your rant look ... inadequately informed. Leaving aside the unsupportable claim that the "general welfare" language allows Congress to do anything that a majority thinks might be good or nice for the country, the ways in which Congress can raise the money to do all those nice things are specifically limited. You might want to see section 9 and do some research on direct taxes, capitation, and apportionment. Rants are easy; policy is hard.

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