It may seem ridiculous, viewed through the eyes of a people who have always known an IRS. But the Constitution is unambiguous on the subject: Congress shall have power to lay and collect tax.
If I have politics at all, it is as a believer that the Constitution of the United States is the fundamental foundation not only of a system of government, but a form of nationhood and ultimately, a way of life. Among the biggest challenges faced by the writers of this document was a doctrine known as the "separation of powers". Having fought a bitter, bloody and expensive war to free itself of the tyranny of the British government, the framers sought to delegate various authorities among the three branches of the new government, judiciary, legislative and executive.
A core belief behind the rebellion had been "no taxation without representation". The outrages suffered by the former colonies on the issue of tax had created a desire, even a demand, that taxation be left in the hands of people who were directly connected to the sectors of the population being taxed. The whole concept of local self-government was based on this aim, and one of the primary purposes of the legislature was to maintain direct control over the collection of taxes, thereby allowing the Executive branch only the privilege of administering the public's money, and neither the power to extract revenues itself from any source nor to decide how the revenues should be allocated.
It may be difficult to envision given our unfortunate national experience, but try to imagine a House of Representatives, elected by local populations, whose members earn their living by being directly involved in overseeing the process of fair and representative taxation, then sending the revenues thus collected on to the executive for administration. What could be more fair? What Congresspeople spend their time doing now is mostly protecting and furthering their political careers, and in the remaining time they occasionally find time to actually represent the people who elected them.
My argument is this: the fundamental purpose of the Congress is direct representation of the people, beginning with the collection of tax revenues. This power was never intended for the executive branch, and the existence of a revenue collection agency under the authority of the Treasury Department, an executive agency, has been unlawful from the beginning.
Nothing will be set right in this nation until this original coup d'etat by the executive branch, this egregious and illegal seizure of power not authorized by the law, is corrected, and taxation with representation is once again the law of the land.