Then the jobs of government were, as they are supposed to be, protecting our borders and coasts and helping develop basic infrastructure and maintain basic law and order. The government could be helpful with some programs and sensible laws, such as those banning child labor and establishing national parks.
But maybe the Federal Government still broke the law. Perhaps the use of troops against striking mine workers is one example. That came after income tax however. I believe it is illegal in the U.S. to use the military against American citizens, no matter what. And thus, the Civil War was probably an illegal Federal act. But of course the Confederates standing against Fort Sumter fired the first shot because the Feds would not close up shop there and leave. I'm not sure who was right there, but I suppose the South Carolinians were.
All of you open borders folks and free traders pay more now because of the system you support. I'm all for other countries building their economies, but not on our shoulders. We take home and get to keep less money because of free trade robbing our government coffers of tariff income and open borders letting illegals in to suck from the welfare breasts engorged by our taxes.