Many people argue that the while good in theory, the 16th and 17th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution have had a lasting, negative impact on our federal government.
The 16th Amendment allowed for the direct taxation by the federal government of your income, without giving it back to the States. It was seen by some as a response to the concentration of economic power by the wealthy. Some say now that it allowed the federal government to grow out of control.
The 17th Amendment was a way to give power back to the citizens by allowing for the direct election of U.S. Senators. However, arguments have been made that this amendment furthered the weakening of States' power.
Some take the 16th and 17th Amendments as gospel, because they know no other way of living. But should we consider abolishing one or both? Have they caused more harm than good?