I just completed my income tax return. Karl Marx would be proud of what the Marxist/Progressives have accomplished. They have gone beyond what Marx said should be done. Marx said the income tax rates should be steeply progressive. He would have applauded Franklin Roosevelt when Roosevelt signed his Executive Order in October of 1942 calling for a tax rate of 100% of taxable income over $25,000. This clearly stated what the Marxist/Progressives view as fair and just. In fact, this was stated by Roosevelt in the same Executive Order.
This Executive Order was never enforced and the marginal rates have been reduced over the years, causing the Marxist/Progressives much discomfort. As I went through the questions to complete the return, I came to the part where I was asked questions about my personal situation. If I had certain situations in my life, I could receive tax credits. Not only are the marginal rates steeply progressive, but income sharing is now a direct part of the tax code itself. The idea of taxing the earner and then redistributing his income through another program has been streamlined. The old method is still in play, but now we redistribute wealth within the tax code itself. I know this has been the case for several years, but it becomes more painful each year we go through this repulsive process.
The idea that congress could tax the personal income of its citizens was never the intent of the brave Americans who fought for freedom against all odds. We know this to be true. The Supreme Court said so when it declared in 1895 that the income tax law passed in 1894 was unconstitutional. It took an amendment to the Constitution to make this confiscation of personal assets of the citizens legal. That constitutional amendment has now allowed the Marxist/Progressives to legally redistribute income within the tax code as well as its redistribution outside the tax code. Karl Marx is very proud.