Listen, people, if there is one thing that this nation doesn’t need, it’s a federal income AND a federal sales tax. Stoaty gives an excellent example of why not in the article linked in the hat tip.
In 1962, Denmark came up with a 9% (where’d we see that number before?) VAT. By 1992 it was up to 25%. Yes, as in “TWENTY-FUCKING-FIVE PERCENT.”
You can say that a VAT and a sales tax are two completely different animals, but it doesn’t make a lick of difference to our wallet what you call it. It’s the same thing in the end.
What makes it even worse is that it’s one of those “invisible” taxes. We know that we’re not alone in bemoaning automatic payroll withholdings as tax payers would become a lot more critical of taxation levels if they had to personally cut a check every two weeks. Now take that and multiply by 10 and you’ve got the stealthiness of a VAT/sales tax.
And you know, or should know, as well as we do that if you ever present a government with a stealthy way of raping your wallet, they’ll abuse it until you’re left with nothing but a meager allowance.
And this in addition to a “flat” income tax on individuals?
Oh boy, talk about handing the fox the keys to the hen house.
Don’t believe us?
In our native country, 9-9-9 became 50-50-25 in three decades.
Your plan needs some work, doofus, because we’re not going there again.
Besides, this whole “Taxed Enough Already” movement is about cutting spending, not about finding new and ingenious ways of raping a population already bent over the barrel. You may want to go check your Cliff Notes again.