Tea Party on Tax Reform



FairTax & flat tax: on consumption instead of production

At the national level the most interesting debate is the one between a flat tax and a particular kind of national consumption tax called the fair tax. Whether flat tax, fair tax, or some other system, we believe that any such system must tax consumption instead of production.
Source: Tea Party Patriots, by M.Meckler & J.B.Martin, p. 50 , Feb 14, 2012

80% oppose taxing the rich, compared to 56% in GOP

Older people with some accumulated equity can find an economic downturn very menacing because governments at all levels spend more on programs to help working-age families. Will governments respond by hiking levies on the more economically comfortable? Many Tea Party people are acutely worried that the answer will be yes. [One participant] reports a strong fear among Tea Partiers that they may be asked to pay higher taxes in the future, a result consistent with our fieldwork experience.

Tea Partiers' dread of tax hikes even surpasses the usual level at which Republicans worry about and oppose tax increases. 80% of Tea Partiers oppose raising taxes on Americans making more than $250,000 a year, a number that far exceeds the 56% of non- Tea Party Republicans who are opposed to such levies. Even compared to fellow conservatives, Tea Partiers are especially worried about the political response to the economic downturn--which helps explain why the Tea Party outburst happened when it did.

Source: The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, p. 31 , Jan 2, 2012

T.E.A.: Taxed Enough Already

If Washington DC was hopelessly in the grip of liberal gangsters, I could see that there was only one recourse--to win the next election. Indeed, the 2010 midterm elections were coming, so the battle lines had to be drawn. In that year, I crisscrossed the country, speaking p for like-minded candidates. I would sum up the Tea Party movement as "TEA." That is, Taxed Enough Already.

Yet in fact there was much more to talk about. We Republicans, reinforced by the Tea Party and everyone else who could see that Obama-style liberalism was a disaster, spoke strongly on many matters. We were against Obamacare and the bureaucratic takeover of our health-care system. We were against bailing out Wall Street. (Not every Republican but, by now, most.) We were against the "stimulus"--which actually, of course, was a destimulus. We were against the government running the auto industry. We were against cap-and-trade's strange mix of repression and profiteering. We were against green energy fantasies.

Source: Core of Conviction, by Michele Bachmann, p.185 , Nov 21, 2011

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