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Meme Watch: Consumption Tax Gambit: Taxing the poor by stealth?

By Timothy Noah

Posted Monday, February 17, 2003, at 2:50 PM PT

Coincidental email from Angry Bear to Timothy Noah (twelve hours before the Slate story was posted):

Mon, 17 Feb 2003 02:52:54 -0800 (PST)

From: “Angry Bear”

Subject: taxes



Big fan of most of your articles, of late, particularly the “meme watches” on the tax the poor meme. In any event, you haven’t yet added coverage of chapter 5 of the most recent Economic Report of the President. There, the CEA argues explicitly for replacing the income tax with a consumption tax–with a consumption tax, of course, there would be no more “lucky duckies” not paying taxes. Well, I suppose that if you were poor enough to not consume anything at all, you would still be a lucky duck. See for more.


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