GOP head fake: Eliminate the IRS

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Hastert BookThis one was almost too surreal, I know one of the Republican pillars is less taxes, but I’m surprised they would actually float this idea. Eliminate the IRS and create a national sales tax or value added tax:

“People ask me if I’m really calling for the elimination of the IRS, and I say I think that’s a great thing to do for future generations of Americans,” Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert explains in his new book, to be released on Wednesday.

This smells like a desperation ploy to me, and it’s aimed squarely at the Libertarian party (specifically Michael Badnarik). For the past 4 years, we’ve heard the rhetoric of “small government” and “fiscal responsibility” from the Bush administration, yet we have seen the largest increase in government size and spending in the past 20 years. Excuse me if I’m dubious about this new proposal, any rational person would consider historical action in context with the future promise.

I’m not going to waste time trying to come up with reasons to oppose this (details are sketchy anyways). In fact, I’m in favor of any and all measures the government takes to reduce it’s size and regulatory scope, including that of taxation. However, this seems like a giant head fake from the GOP, who has been keen on raising popular domestic agendas as it’s focal point during elections, then abandoning them once they are elected (or selectively pursuing them). We had a push for an marriage amendment, yet Social Security is still a fountain of red ink; another amendment is on it’s way to ban flag burning, but they can’t find the time to pass the 2005 budget bill. Those are just the tip of the domestic iceberg. Any sane person would be incredulous at Republicans in their ability to hold a carrot at the ballot and thrash you once you leave the precinct.

So, while I can endorse any such a measure to eliminate the IRS, I find this to be another spectacular election year promise that is sure to be sidelined and forgotten once the election machines cool off. As Bush misquoted (and I will reproduce correctly): “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Republicans Plan Push for Elimination of IRS [Drudge Report]
Why should Republicans support Badnarik/Campagna? []

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

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