DC Residents—Taxation With Some Representation

DC Residents—Taxation With Some Representation

The United States was born in rebellion, so it is fitting that the origins of the nation’s capital can be traced back to a rebellion as well. In 1783, while the Continental Congress was meeting in Philadelphia, 400 soldiers who were angry over not being paid for their...
America Embarks On An “Experiment”

America Embarks On An “Experiment”

It has been called a failed experiment, as well as a “noble experiment” depending on which side of the issue you favor. The “experiment” was Prohibition, a nationwide ban on the production, importation and sale of alcoholic beverages. It was achieved by the...
Taxing Income With 16th Amendment

Taxing Income With 16th Amendment

Nothing may be more complicated (or snooze-worthy) than a discussion of taxes, but that is what the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is all about. The Amendment states: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source...
Fourteenth Amendment Slow to Grant Equality

Fourteenth Amendment Slow to Grant Equality

After the Civil War, the United States was faced with the problem of how to incorporate four million newly freed people into a society that saw them as less than. For its part, Congress passed three amendments designed to protect the rights of former slaves. Known as...