House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) and National Retail Sales Tax legislation co-author Billy Tauzin recently began a national tour of Scrap the Code debates across the country, pointing to how bad the current code is for America and arguing why their respective proposals (Representative Armey supports a flat income tax) are the best alternative for America. In city after city, thousands of citizens have shown up for these debates and enthusiastically backed the National Retail Sales Tax proposal. Expanding national media coverage has followed in the wake of these events, with plans for dozens more to occur through 1998.
As the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Senator Trent Lott gave a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about what he saw as the top priorities for the new 105th Congress. He listed the replacement of the income tax as a most important debate which will take place in coming months and the National Retail Sales Tax as one of the three top contenders in that debate.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has considerable influence over the agenda of the House of Representatives, once again announced that the House will debate the issue of tax reform, including the National Retail Sales Tax. I have also asked Chairman Archer to prepare a series of hearings looking at the entire issue of how we revise the entire tax code, he said, whether we go towards a flat tax or whether we replace the income tax with a sales tax or what we do, but to begin a process....
During the next several months, ongoing Capitol Hill hearings on tax overhaul will undoubtedly bring even more interest and support to the National Retail Sales Tax proposal from members of Congress and their staffs.
Dont be surprised, however, if other events outside Washington, D.C., such as the new Boston Tea Party, stir up even greater national interest than the formal committee hearings. Rapidly expanding grassroots support has destined the National Retail Sales Tax a revolutionary and effective means to liberate American economic productivity to be the wave of the future.
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Victor Krohn is National Chairman of Citizens for an Alternative Tax System in Washington, D.C. For more information on CATS, contact the CATS National Office at (800) 767-7577.
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