Letters to the Editor

Wilson not U.S. president yet when income tax approved

I’ll ignore most of the diatribe in James Troxler’s Nov. 16 letter, but I can’t let the following paragraph go without comment: “This diabolical cycle began under Woodrow Wilson, a Marxist, who filled his government with like-minded elite. They began legal plunder by passing the income tax.”

Although President Wilson was far from being a Marxist, he did believe that absolute control by capitalism was not in the best interest of the nation. He sought to make capitalism and reformist democracy compatible. Isn’t that the way it should be?

After Delaware became the 36th state to ratify it on Feb. 3, 1913, the income tax became the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Woodrow Wilson was not inaugurated as president until March 4, 1913. Obviously, he and his ”elite plunderers” had nothing to do with “passing the income tax.” I think we all know that assertions are not necessarily facts.

John Mellon

Bradenton

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