Unfortunately transparency in DC means something very different to those of us living everywhere else. The only fair tax is a flat tax, one that's based squarely on net income. No loopholes, no deals. To get anyone in our nations capitol, especially those on the liberal side of the aisle, to agree to a plan that's as fair and truly transparent as this one would be a virtual impossibility. Politico's use our present tax code as a means to either punish or reward those larger corporations that seem to hold so much sway in present economic circles. There's also the sticky issue of including those least able to afford their fair share of taxes... a non-starter. I think they've got us over a barrel johnm.