I’m all for it, in principle


On the Drudge Report:

A domestic centerpiece of the Bush/GOP agenda for a second Bush term is getting rid of the Internal Revenue Service, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

The Speaker of the House will push for replacing the nation’s current tax system with a national sales tax or a value added tax, Hill sources tell DRUDGE.

I’ve long supported the idea of flat income tax, and have recently been giving a national sales tax a lot of thought. I have trouble taking this report at face value (and not just because it’s on Drudge), but it’s certainly worth watching. (via Wizbang)

While the IRS is (maybe) in the GOP’s sights, financial institutions are in the sights of others. I’m not nearly so skeptical about this one.


  1. So who is going to administer the flat tax or national sales tax? The honor system? Everybody send a check or throw a couple bucks on the plate? The IRS is an easy whipping boy. They just try to implement the laws and rules that are passed by others. This is jingoism without any real details on what the problem or solution is. No attempt to illuminate or improve the situation. I’m all in for a reasonable discussion of ideas, but that’s not what this is about. Welcome to election season.

  2. Well, this is nothing more than a trial balloon, if even that, so the lack of detail isn’t surprising. Maybe it’s just an attempt to get a ‘discussion’ restarted. What’s wrong with that? As for putting an end to the IRS, I guess I took it as ‘an end to the IRS as we know it’. A flat tax would require only a fraction of the resources to administer and maintain that are needed for our current system. Yes, the IRS is an easy whipping boy. But don’t make them out to be poor innocent bystanders. Their bureaucracy and government-think are just as bad as any other department’s. ‘This is jingoism without any real details on what the problem or solution is.’? Yes, but that also sounds a lot like at least one of the current presidential candidates’ WHOLE PLATFORM at this point. And it’s not the goofy-lookin’ one in the Oval Office. It’s the other goofy-lookin’ one.