Every now and then, some of you say something in the comments that just makes me laugh, and then makes me sad because it is so accurate. This is one of those comments, regarding the debate about the flat tax:
The only revenue-neutral way to implement a flat tax would hose the shit out of the low and middle incomes without affecting the lives of upper incomes perceptibly. If you want a simple tax, super. I could write a workable progressive taxation scheme on one page.
The problem is that congress has line-item control over our tax code and that they’re, well, congress. If I gave them line-item control over what I ate for dinner tonight I’d have seventeen courses, beginning with dessert and ending with motor oil from a powerful Senator’s district.
While I am sure a flat tax scheme, or a flatter tax scheme, if you will, could be devised that would not in and of itself hose the middle and lower classes, the latter portion about Congress is completely accurate.