The Prophetic Anti-Federalist Warnings About Constitutional Taxing Power

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Bob Fiedler

“In June 1794 the United States Congress passed a tax on the ownership of carriages. The tax called for a levy, ‘Upon all carriages for the conveyance of persons, which shall be kept by or for any person for his or her own use, or to be let out to hire or for the conveyance of passengers, the several duties and rates following.’ This tax levy seemed to confirm some of the greatest fears of the Anti-Federalists during the ratification debates. In a letter to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison lamented, ‘The tax on carriages succeeded in spite of the Constitution.'” (07/31/22)