ratify the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the one that gives the federal government authority to impose a personal income tax on its citizens.
Delaware is recognized as the 36th state to ratify -- the one that put it it over the top. I don't know whether Delaware did it before us due to their earlier time zone or whether our state Senate got preoccupied introducing guests in the gallery or the House got detoured by some memorial honoring the city of Pie Town.
Whatever the reason, Delaware got the credit. Or blame if you really hate taxes.
Here are a few songs by American artists honoring the 16th Amendment.
We'll start with bluesman Robert Cray's "1040 Blues'.
Next up is The Man in Black with "After Taxes."
Johnny Paycheck sings about his friends at the Internal Revenue Service.
Here's an assault on taxes from the left -- and a funky one at that -- by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
But here's a different kind of message about taxes. In 1942, as the U.S. was fighting World War II, the IRS commissioned Irving Berlin to write a little reminder that paying taxes is patriotic. Here in his song "I Paid My Income Tax Today," comedian Danny Kaye sings lyrics like:
See those bombers in the sky?
Rockefeller helped to build ’em, so did I
I paid my income tax today
Bombs away ...
Sunday, May 15, 2022 KSFR, Santa Fe, NM Webcasting! 10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM Em...
Remember these guys? I'm not sure how I missed this when it first was unleashed a few weeks ago, but Adult Swim — the irrevere...
A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican January 14, 2011 Junior Kimbrough is dead. R.L. Burnside is dead. Paul “Wi...
Sunday, May 26, 2013 KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time Host: Steve Terrell Webcasting! 101.1 FM email...