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Are phone charges taxation without representation?

As I See It

How about a civics test: To whom did the framers of the Constitution give the exclusive right to tax Americans?

Until recently, the correct answer would have been the U.S. House of Representatives. Why not the U.S. Senate? Because senators were appointed rather than elected at the time the Constitution was drafted, and the founding fathers wanted the power to tax restricted to ELECTED OFFICIALS. You know, taxation without representation and all that jazz. Remember the Boston tea party!

Those of you who live long enough to receive your next long-distance telephone bill are going to sadly witness a historic event. On that bill you will find incontrovertible evidence that Congress, for the very first time, has abdicated it


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