Called a "Value Added Tax" or VAT (Very Assinine Tactic, so says me), such an idea is being considered to create more revenue.
This would serve two purposes as I see it:
One, fund more war.
Two, have us paying more on the cheap crap from China and Mexico (amongst other things) whilst encouraging us to buy such products in greater quantity considering that's all the average person would be able to pay if a VAT is added to goods and services.
Although wait. The VAT is used all over Europe and the people there have health care and college education paid for. Surely the U.S. would create such social services for the people, correct?
"A White House official said a VAT is "unlikely to be in the mix" as a means to pay for health-care reform."
Nope, doesn't look like it.
And oh yes, such taxes are regressive. But what the hey, the current "everyone pay the same price regardless of your income" is regressive, so why not continue the immorality? I mean god forbid we actually tax the elite of their fair share and DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO TAKE A GOOD CHUNK BACK WITH RIDICULOUS TAX WRITE-OFFS. God forbid DC policy wanks actually get some balls and gg's and stop spending our money bailing out their Big Biz pals.
This has become so old to me. I'm so done with it all. I'm so ready for something new, different, more fair and evolved. More heart, less ego. More sharing, less control. More equality, less "good 'ole boy/girl" behavior. A world where, at the end of the day, the people are fulfilled, content, at peace. A world where, at the end of the day, we have an authentic smile on our faces and in our hearts.