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April 13, 2006

Another Quote on Taxation

by Eric

Before the amendment was passed allowing the income tax, Richard Byrd said:

“A hand from Washington will be stretched out and placed upon every man’s business; the eye of the federal inspector will be in every man’s counting house…. The law will of necessity have inquisical features, it will provide penalties, it will create complicated machinery. Under it, men will be hauled into courts distant from their homes. Heavy fines imposed by distant and unfamiliar tribunals will constantly menace the taxpayer. An army of federal inspectors, spies, and detectives will descend upon the state.”
— Richard E. Byrd
(1888-1947) Polar explorer, Virginia House Speaker
Source: 1910, predicting the consequences of a federal income tax

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  • http://thelibertypapers.org/2005/11/22/a-bit-about-kevin/ Kevin

    See what happens when we don’t listen to our elders.

  • http://thelibertypapers.org/2005/11/21/who-is-eric/ Eric

    And compare what Byrd predicted, what we suffer today and what our forefathers rebelled against. Now, ask yourself what Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Paine, Hancock and all the rest would think of our country today.

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