Sunday, January 6, 2008

Huckabee on Taxes

While I abhor most of Huckabee's social policy positions (anti-gay, anti-abortion, pro-evangelical, etc.), I like his position on the flat tax: "The FairTax will replace the Internal Revenue Code with a consumption tax ... All of us will get a monthly rebate that will reimburse us for taxes on purchases up to the poverty line ... That means people below the poverty line won't be taxed at all," says his Web site.

I blogged about this last year (check it out here) and I still think it is a great idea. I wish a sane candidate would support it.

I don't think Huckabee can sustain a campaign for any length of time. He has already done some incredibly stupid things. He produced an attack ad against Mitt Romney, then decided not to air it, but played it for journalists, anyway. (How many sides of a position can you take?) Then he appeared on the first Tonight Show after it came back on without writers, essentially crossing a picket line. Then he said he supports the Hollywood writers' strike. Huckebee also campaigned at a casino in Burlington, Iowa, despite his opposition to gambling. And, oh yes, he has been campaigned with Chuck Norris (remember, I've blogged about him, too). This guy is not completely glued together properly!



I have posted before, I am more for a national sales tax. I believe income taxes are inherently immoral. You are taxing somebody for putting into society instead of when they are taking out of society(buying something). If I were running things, I wouldn't tax food and there is no reason you couldn't rebate paid sales tax back to the poor. Most states already have a sales tax so the infrastructure is there to collect it, less of a burden on the states. One more point on a sales tax, it would be an incentive to save(which would help this country in a myriad of ways)and for all the "sustainability" people out there, would put a subtle brake on excessive consumption and "consumerism".

A flat tax IS a step in the right direction, but it still is an income tax, which to me just ain't right. BTW, Ron Paul has a 23% national sales tax in his platform, if I am correct.

csm said...

Bawdy, Huckabee is promoting the FairTax, which is a national sales tax.


Sorry, about that, when most talk of a "flat" tax, it generally means a flat income tax. My bad.

You'll be glad to hear, like you, this is not enough for me to even consider the Huckster for President, mostly for the aforementioned( by you) reasons.

csm said...

That is good to know... and I think it was me who initially made the gaffe of calling it a "flat" tax. Sorry 'bout that.