Go to www.fairtax.org. Consider the “prebate” as the unconditional basic income. Consider the replacement of income taxes with sales taxes as the ‘carbon’ tax or ‘consumptionism’ tax.
Then, ask yourself why leftists still insist that sales taxes are ‘regressive’. The only hurdle to jump is negotiating the size of the prebate and the overall rate that is socially justifiable.
The biggest source of corruption in our government is the moral terpitude of the income tax code. Nobody even reads it all. The IRS doesn’t understand it most of the time, yet we are all enslaved to its burdensome time theft and threats.
The Left doesn’t want to simplify the tax code. They use it to manipulate perceptions of their importance and build political silos, rather than having to perform the duties of actual civil service.