In Essay #30, Concerning the General Power of Taxation, Hamilton begins to make the case for the Federal government to be able to levy taxes. Essay #30 is the first of such arguments regarding taxation powers – such powers are discussed in Essays #30 through #36.
Hamilton argues that the national government must have sufficient resources to govern the country. Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress could only request funds from the states, and while states were legally obligated to submit the funds, they often failed to do so, leaving the national government, according to Hamilton, “unable to govern effectively.”
Hamilton argues that the national government must have sufficient resources to govern the country effectively and if given the power to raise revenue, such power would not be abused.
Credit for the summary and analysis of Essay #30 is given to Brittany Nelson and Christopher Higgins (second revision 09/15/2011). Weinbloom, Elizabeth ed. “The Federalist Papers Essay #30 Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 30 December 2011 Web. 28 January 2019.