November 1, 2011
THE REPUBLICAN presidential candidates are coming down with a bad case of flat-tax fever--and working people better hope it doesn't spread, because we'd feel the pain.
If you're a SocialistWorker.org reader, you're probably reaching for your wallet about now--and you're right. The flat tax is nothing more than a gimmick to repackage the drive to cut taxes for the rich.
In reality, most of the flat-tax proposals would lead to a significant tax increase for a majority of people in the U.S. All would blow a bigger hole in the federal budget, providing the politicians--Democrats as well as Republicans--with more excuses to slash away at social programs that benefit working people and the poor.