Why the flat tax is a lousy idea and how a lot of people agree with that statement.

May 26th, 2015 at 7:28 am

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5 comments in reply to "Why the flat tax is a lousy idea and how a lot of people agree with that statement."

  1. Smith says:

    That is a huge mistake and missed opportunity to debate a flat tax on the proponents arguments. Let the election, any election, be decided on the advantages of a progressive income tax vs. flat tax. Bill Bradley and the liberal Democrats went along with Reagan in the 1980s to substantially flatten income taxes and the middle class has never truly recovered. It is unnecessary and counterproductive to question whether it could be revenue neutral. It is also an exercise in futility to look at detailed analysis of whether taxes might or might not go up under the plan for a certain segment. This is a defensive stance and a losing proposition. Instead, go on the offense, show how we need a return to Eisenhower rates to restore fairness, counter inequality and the rise of an aristocratic privileged super rich class, and promote prosperity for all.
    Progressive tax rates are good, and inherently fair, and also needed. We tax the rich more because that’s where the money is.
    What is certain is not that middle class taxes will go up, Republicans would enjoy starving the government of revenue. But taxes on the rich would most assuredly go down and that’s a bad thing. Argue that. The counter to that argument is taxes on the rich won’t go down. Can you imagine the flummoxed Republican trying to get those words out of their mouth.
    This should be an easy take down and instead you’re making things too complicated and letting Republicans steal all the simplicity. Simplicity often wins. It’s not difficult to have a simple liberal argument that wins too. Get one.

    • DonB says:

      The other aspect, that Republicans will agree to remove loopholes is hollow, as the loopholes will be returned within a few years of the agreement, and the tax rates will NOT go back up, with further lowering of total tax revenue (to GDP).

  2. Ralph Hartley says:

    No question our tax code is fraught with complexity
    But a flat tax won’t fix that, and leaves me in perplexity.