(MRC)—The federal income tax was adopted by the passage of the 16th amendment on Feb. 3, 1913. In honor of the impending 100th anniversary, here is a list of noteworthy accomplishments made without reliance on a personal income tax.
The list includes everything from inventions, to wars, to acquiring the land that now is the United States of America. Significant achievements that show that big, bloated government isn’t always the solution.
1. Steamship Travel
In 1807, Robert Fulton launched the first commercially successful steamboat, revolutionizing the transportation of passengers and cargo. Powered by steam, without the help of government tax revenue taken from paychecks.
2. Transcontinental Railroad
Steam power was soon put to use on land and railroads began to spring up across the U.S. To span the entire nation from coast to coast, the idea of the Transcontinental Railroad was born. Through the Pacific Railroad Act, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad companies were encouraged to compete to see who could get railroads that connected the east to the west fastest. This took only seven years, and completely transformed America into a unified nation.
3. Westward Expansion
Though the left hates the term “Manifest Destiny,” westward expansion helped firmly establish the United States as it is today. It took place as settlers in America decided to pursue the opportunities of owning large amounts of land, farming and settling new towns. It was the ultimate American Dream, and by 1840, nearly 40 percent of the American population had ventured out to explore new territories.
4. Louisiana Purchase
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson purchased around 828,000 square miles of territory from the French in the Louisiana Purchase. This is the largest amount of land America ever acquired, and nearly doubled the size of the young country. And it happened without taking tax dollars directly from people’s paychecks. Amazing.
5. World’s First Skyscraper in Chicago
In 1885, The Home Insurance Building was completed in Chicago, Ill., becoming the world’s first modern skyscraper. It was 138 feet tall, with 10 stories, an impressive feat in the 19th century. Through American ingenuity, and without government subsidies, engineer William LeBaron Jenney was hired to build a tall office building that would be able to house more people while taking up less room in an urban area.