Monday, September 01, 2003

You know what you need, Georgia? A national sales tax.

So say Mac Collins and Herman Cain, Republican candidates for Senate. They're fighting over who would serve as the best advocate:

Cain and Collins emphasized their support for the abolition of the U.S. income tax and a conversion to a national, consumption-based sales tax - as advocated by U.S. Rep. John Linder, congressman for the area.
Cain, the son of a chauffeur and now a millionaire, promised to make the consumption tax "a priority in Congress and our neighborhood.
"You can't reform the [current U.S.] tax code," he said.
Cain linked the tax issue with education, and said that a consumption tax would lower the burden on families and allow them greater freedom to put their money toward private schools or other alternatives.
Collins, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax legislation, argued that he has the experience to press for the consumption tax in the U.S. Senate.