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Read somebody’s lips – the VAT tax is on the table

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on April 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm with 6 Comments »
April 12, 2010 10:38 am

For months now, the Obama administration has been floating – somewhat at arm’s length – the idea of a European-style value-added tax.

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, an Appropriations Committee chairman and major power in Congress, was in for a visit yesterday. He brought up the VAT entirely on his own – which suggests he’s getting invested in the idea. He sees it as a short-term tax dedicated exclusively to paying down the federal deficit.

And he sounded exasperated at his Republican colleagues’ “read my lips” opposition to any conceivable new taxes. “What if some modest adjustment is what it takes to save Social Security?” he said. He described the Republicans’ stance as “under no circumstance will we ever do what is responsible.”

Republicans will see it differently, of course. But Dicks’ comments confirm that the VAT is getting traction on one side of the aisle.

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  1. geeterpontiac says:

    There is no such thing as a short term tax.

    Once again, wrong thing at the wrong time.

    Norm Dicks and his friends need to reduce spending. The country is going deeper and deeper into the hole.

    This tax will just create more unemployment, strangle businesses, and make it harder for ordinary people to live.

    As usual, now they are going to hide behind SS. What a bunch of inept wimps.

  2. comment_tayter says:

    If we’re going to be taxed with a VAT like European countries, I want universal healthcare like European countries.

    As for reducing the deficit, one might consider reducing the costs associated with maintaining a military empire that girdles the globe.

  3. Name one tax that was ever removed and not replaced here in Washington State? Another thing, we the people voted for $20 car tabs – what the HEII happened there? We vote but they just ram it down our throats anyway. I got something I’d like to ram down their throats !!!

  4. geeterpontiac says:

    Just remember, the “They” you are referring to was the Democrats. They run the state.

    The debt, the roads, the schools, the lack of jobs, it belongs to them.

    I am an independent, but I’m not going to blame the Republicans for something they had little voice is messing up.

  5. Norm dicks is a dick……….

  6. tubbythetuba says:

    BoBo and the Dems spents us into an un-recoverable just to be able to do this… I only make a moderate blue collar wage with an Army Pension. One would think that I have it made, but I live in a 35 YO mobile home and pinch pennies in order to have a couple toys. I already pay about 25% of my hard earned money in taxes, usually pay another 500-1000$$ at the end of the year to the dam IRS, and now they want some more??? More power to the Tea Party, and get the half of America that does not pay taxes off their Axxes and let them help out some, because I know for a fact that people on assistance getting all the Gooberment Handouts do better than the little guys that are just over the line and working their butts off to make it.

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