‘The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes …’

Do you share my suspicion that those ten words of the Constitution were really the whole purpose of that document, and all the rest is just scaffolding and window dressing?

P.S: The latest Republican tax “reform” plan is just silly tinkering (again), amounting to little more than changing out a minor gear or two in the Rube Goldberg machine that is the tax code. Get back to me when someone seriously proposes cutting taxes 50 per cent the first year and every year thereafter, and eliminating 98 per cent of federal spending (at least) to “pay” for it. But that’s just me trying to be practical. Ultimately, the only morally defensible level of both taxes and “government” spending is zero.