The Minnesota Tea Party Patriots sent word Monday that they are backing a national Tea Party and Fair Tax movement that would repeal the Constitution’s 16th Amendment, which authorizes the income tax.
Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, said in a statement:
“The only way to reform the IRS in a meaningful and lasting manner is to repeal the underlying Constitutional amendment that allowed for the creation of 67,000 plus pages of regulations. When that many regulations exist, it is impossible for the average citizen or business owner to know whether they are compliant with the law.”
The group said it supports a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma, to repeal the amendment.
Martin said the amendment has led to a “silencing effect” on free speech:
“The Amendment allowed the creation of the IRS and members of both parties manipulate this agency to punish political opposition systematically. The 16th Amendment enables politicians, businesses, and lobbyists to create crony deals which prohibit free market competition. The establishment abuses the power of the 16th Amendment to build campaign war chests as a means to amass even more power.”
The group wants reform of the tax code so that it “collects the revenue necessary to run the government, while being a fixed tax system which cannot be used to manipulate behavior and can never be used as a political weapon again.”