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The Birth of the Internal Revenue Bureaucracy

 

A Condensed Version of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda and an Unnecessary War by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. Prima. 352 pp. $24.95 

Condensed by 

Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume 

Chapter 9: The Great Centralizer: Lincoln’s Economic Legacy

5. The Birth of the Internal Revenue Bureaucracy
 
Lincoln was the first president in history to sign an income tax into law. The tax was eliminated in 1872 but it had established a precedent that would eventually prevail.
 
The public was relentlessly propagandized and dissenters were branded as traitors with the implicit threat of imprisonment.

 
As one unhappy democratic senator put it, “ The Government is everything; it has become the end; and the people, and all their property, labor, efforts, and gains…are merely the means by which the Government is to continue…and its powers progressively augmented.”
 
By 1863 Lincoln’s career-long dream was complete. The propaganda led the public into believing that it could look to the federal government for solutions to its problem. This, of course, has made it easier for future politicians to convince the people to acquiesce in greater expansions of government and restrictions of personal liberty.
 
The founding fathers would have reached for their swords.
 
 
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