Scrap the tax code? Bush floats a national sales tax
On campaign trail, president appears open to a major shift, which Kerry promptly pans.
By Linda Feldmann | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
WASHINGTON – George W. Bush is known for liking bold, sometimes even risky, initiatives - ideas like sending a man to Mars, or revamping the US immigration system, or overthrowing the dictator of Iraq.
But is the president really ready to take on the American tax system? A comment Tuesday at a town-hall meeting in Florida has reignited the long-simmering debate in conservative circles over whether Washington should rethink the way it levies taxes.
When a supporter asked President Bush about scrapping the current tax code and replacing it with a national sales tax, he replied favorably: "I'm not exactly sure how big the national sales tax is going to have to be, but it's the kind of interesting idea that we ought to explore seriously."http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0813/p03s01-uspo.html