VAT OR NATIONAL SALES TAX AND A TAX ON HEALTHCARE BENEFITS
We have some very dumb ideas being floated. One is a Value Added Tax or a National Sales Tax. The other is a National tax on healthcare benefits. These are taxes on top of rising income tax rates. They are supposedly to accomplish several things: keep the budget deficit from going through the roof, pay for increased entitlements (national health insurance), and pay for the stimulus (bailouts if you're being honest).
As I said, these are dumb ideas. Of course, delaying the inevitable is what capitalism and the mixed economy is all about. Everything is gradualism. We are headed for a giving and sharing all economy without coercion, but the road along the way is full of delays set up by the stupid. I say stupid because evil is stupidity and retarding righteous treatment of the whole of humanity is evil.