*It's a freedom issue. *
Yes, in a way it is.
I don't agree with your call to abolish income tax, even if it was originally unconstitutional. I don't worship the Constitution (some Mormons DO claim it is directly Inspired of God, though), I worship Jesus Christ.
Sorry, but people in general are NOT really generous to the poor and needy.
Some ARE, true enough, but MANY, a GREAT MANY, unfortunately, are NOT.
At church our weekly take averages less than $4.00 per parishoner.
We are NOT a POOR parish. This is unconscionable. People won't even support their parish. Most drop a buck in the plate, then drive off after Mass in their LEXUS to a nice expensive Sunday brunch. I'm not judging motives, I am merely observing. This is happening. A buck to the House of God, and $40 or more for brunch at Roasters and Toasters. Priorities????
And the "poor boxes" of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society? Your lucky if they take in a few bucks a week from a parish of over 2000 members. With Cadillacs, LEXUS's, Lincoln Town Cars, etc.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society sometimes publishes it's annual intake, from a country with 67 million mostly middle class Catholics. You would be appalled at how low their donations are, and we can't blame it on the fact that people pay income taxes, either.
People, in general, just DON'T GIVE, or even give very much. And, sad to say, the more they make, the less they give IN PROPORTION to their income. Jesus observed this of the well-to-do when they would come to make their numerically-large, but PROPORTIONATELY SMALL, donations to the Temple. So he praised the poor widow instead, who put in her last two copper coins that she had to live on. They gave, PROPORTIONATELY, a LITTLE, out of their SURPLUS. HER gift, by contrast, was a REAL SACRIFICE. Unfortunately, most of us aren't willing to make real financial sacrifices. Some CAN'T, and that's absolutely understandable and no shame at all.
But MANY who CAN, simply don't or won't.
So we have to have, despite it's ineffiency (and I agree with you about that inefficiency), government programs to help the needy, and that requires TAXES unfortunately.
We also have to have NATIONAL DEFENSE and INFRASTRUCTURE, and those things also require taxes. LOTS of them. Therefore, though it would be LOVELY to not have to pay any income or sales taxes, it would not be REALISTIC to do away with such things, and nor would it be truly wise. I wish we COULD, but we can't.
God bless you.