Mike Huckabee's unfair tax | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mike Huckabee's unfair tax

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 1:18 PM

Hallelujah. Somebody else has noticed the free ride the press is giving Mike Huckabee on his support for the nutty "Fair Tax," a 30 percent sales tax on everything from groceries to new houses that would salve the super rich and put a body blow on the working class. It is simply a hoax. (60 per cent is more like the rate necessary to replace existing income and other taxes with a sales tax.)

To expose the hoax today, it's the Daily Howler, an astute observer of how the Beltway media lazily repeat candidate narratives, rarely stopping to examine whether a candidate's banal utterance makes any sense. Unless it's Hillary Clinton, of course, and then the colonoscopes come out for every a, an and the.

We'd disagree only slightly with the Howler. It's good to see a conservative like Bruce Bartlett rip up the Fair Tax. And good to see Kevin Drum chipping in
But it also must be noted that the liberals at the Arkansas Times haven't been derelict on this one. Here's just one of many examples, an Ernest Dumas column two months ago.

Will the mainstream media ever investigate this ruse? Or will Huckabee be allowed to continue to promise the end of taxes without critical question? On such great press decisions are elections won and lost.

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