I really hate nearly everyone’s mindless obsession with simplifying the tax code.  Sully, as always, wants this done to a silly degree – making “the tax code simple enough for every citizen to understand.”

Like with all simplistic propositions designed for the minds of Ma and Pa Kettle, it’s a bunch of bullshit.  Any progressive system of taxation that wants to avoid unduly overburdening the middle and lower classes, while at the same time not underburdening the upper classes, is necessarily complex.

You want simple?  Go for  a flat tax.  And thereby crush the middle class while lining the pockets of the plutocrats.

  1. Lev says:

    Yeah, this is dumb because not every citizen understands all the economic stuff that undergirds taxation either. My dad has been an executive in business for decades and he can’t do his own taxes because he can’t calculate depreciation on his property on his own in order to figure out his property taxes. He’s not a CPA. Unless Sully is supporting universal CPA training…

    • Metavirus says:

      the only tax policy that everyone (maybe) would understand is “me pay X%”.

      -- yep, no depreciation (what, myrtle in human resources has a rental home you say?).
      -- yep, no deductions for charitable contributions (did I just hear the CFOs of the Mormons and Scientologists just have a heart attack?)
      -- etc.

  2. Even if it could be done it will not be done. Way to many special interests are involved in this. Simplifying the tax codes has always been a smoke screen for something else. Like the tea baggers as an example.

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