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The Great TCI Anti-VAT Mutiny of 2013

Right Makes Might Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 8:05 AM
Right. You have to pay YOUR bills. Very few people approved of the profligate spending we are now seeing, coming out of Washington. If you are one of those people who think a trillion – with a T – dollars a year in transfer payments is a good idea, then YOU foot the bill. I will remain in the camp demanding that the government live within our means.

The value-added tax is a pernicious levy.

It’s basically a hidden form of national sales tax, imposed every time a transaction occurs at any stage of the production process.

But what irks me about the VAT is not its design (indeed, it shares some key characteristics with the flat tax). What gets me agitated about the VAT is the fact that politicians always seem to treat the tax as a way of financing a larger burden of government spending.

That’s certainly what we’ve seen in Europe, both when the VAT was first implemented beginning about 45 years ago...