Friday, February 03, 2006

Right to Vote and Right to Pay Income Tax Passed On This Day

The 15th Amendment to the Constitution, ratifed 2-3-1870:

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified 2-3-1913:

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

Of course, the 15th Amendment did not give women the right to vote, a battle which would continue into the 20th century.

Voting rights continues to be a hot button issue.

Of course, not many of the Coshocton citizenry will stand up and applaud the 16th Amendment. This amendment paved the way for state and local income taxes on income. I'm wondering when the paving will stop.


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