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But in the end even if we did switch to a national sales tax to repalce the income tax the Republicans and Socialists would still fight over what the rate should be. One side might want 10% while the other 20%.

I am not sure you are right.

I think once the tax hit everyone the tax debates would transform big time.

The argument now is not about taxes, but about how the collecting of revenue for government is best done, one side wants to shape and punish the other to grow the sector and collect (in general there are a boatload of exceptions but that is the published positions)

a single tax on sales would change things a lot IMO
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