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In favor of a consumption tax

Here is Pejman Yousefzadeh’s column in favor of a consumption tax, because, he says, "the so-called ’progressive income tax’ has been in effect since the adoption of the 16th Amendment in 1913, but as is increasingly clear, it has outlived its usefulness." I agree.

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I will agree with you that the present progressive income tax system is badly in need of replacement. It is however my opinion that the system was always immoral and counter productive to the nation’s interest. I give the Senate and House Bills little chance of success due to the political power that the present system gives our legislators. The present system is also a great campaign fund raising aid. I would love to know how much campaign cash is gathered by the political class in the name of gaining tax advantages.

My personal preference for a replacement to the progressive income tax would be a flat tax. While I find Mr. Yousefzadeh’s arguments persuasive, I do not believe that the retail sales industry should be forced against their will to become the handmaidens of the Federal Government’s tax collectors.

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