Rick Santorum became the latest Republican to call for the repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment in light of the ongoing IRS controversy. “We have to get rid of this income tax — that is the source of the problem — and do something to replace it,” the former Pennsylvania senator said on Fox News over the weekend.
Santorum called the agency “hopeless” and “inherently corrupt” and warned that its role in Obamacare’s implementation will make matters even worse. “It’s hopeless because we’ve given enormous power to the government over every single person in America,” he said.
“In the IRS, you are guilty until proven innocent,” he added.
Santorum is the latest in potential 2016 presidential candidate to call for an end to the federal income tax, joining senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Two 2014 Republican Senate candidates, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Joe Miller of Alaska, have also voiced support for its repeal.