To The Cleaners

I’m thinking about the time I went to the Al Franken Obamacare rally.  And as they came out of the rally, and engaged in the odd debate or argument with us protesters, many of them duly parrotted the Obama party line; “he’s cutting your taxes”!

They’re not, anyway – and now, Obama wants to switch to switch on the tax afterburner:

President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.

VAT Taxes are a money machine.  They also sap money from every stage of the economy.

8 thoughts on “To The Cleaners

  1. VAT taxes are a bureaucrat’s dream. You have to keep a tremendous amount of documentation, the effect of the tax is mostly hidden from the final payers, and the ‘crats can tinker with the amount of taxation on individual industries with abandon and little oversight.

    Just say No.

  2. Given Barry’s track record for doing what he said he wouldn’t, this is an ominous sign. He needs to pay for Obamacare somehow. Sooner or later he’ll say, “Because of the mess created by my predecessor, I will have to impose a VAT. Sorry about that!”

  3. the effect of the tax is mostly hidden from the final payers

    And that’s the key. Everything you purchase will cost more, probably on the order of 20% more, but the tax will be baked into the price. That should really help businesses, eh? And nerdbert is spot on about the documentation.

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