What a surprise. The legislature cuts school property taxes by 1/3 and enacts new business taxes and cigarette taxes to replace them. Less than two years later, the school districts are all trying to raise their taxes again. The taxpayers will be stuck with the same high property taxes and now the businesses (and cigarette buyers) will be paying the new taxes, too, for a big net tax increase.
That’s why the idea of a national sales tax to "replace" the federal income tax scares me. Much as I hate the unfairness of the so-called progressive income tax and the idiotic complexity of the tax code, and much as I like the idea of taxing spending and rewarding saving and not punishing people for working harder to make more money, I fear that exactly the same thing would happen.
The income tax would be gone for a few years, then the government would seize the opportunity to bring it back, while of course still keeping the high sales tax, resulting in us paying far more taxes than before.
The only way I can support the "Fair Tax" (national sales tax) is if it comes with a constitutional amendment repealing the 16th and making it impossible for Congress to bring back the income tax. Otherwise it’s just a recipe for disaster.