A flat sales tax on all NEW sales would solve all these problems. NOT a VAT tax, that is HIGHLY regressive! It's how they do it in Europe, and we all know what a mess they have right now! A sales tax replaces ALL other taxes, including SS and Medicare. You take your money home. ALL of it. You buy the goods and services that you, as an individual, need, paying the national sales tax. An allowance would be made for the poverty level; no or minimal taxes below that level. Each year everyone gets a refund, based on your income, for the taxes you paid on money you earned UNDER the poverty level. As someone noted, they would have to include food stamps and welfare checks as 'income'. This is the ultimate 'fair tax'. Spend more, pay more taxes.