Let's kill DC, one law at a time
What can the silly negroes do, anyway?
Kansas Senator floats flat-tax plan for Washington
By David Lawder Wed Mar 8, 6:54 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The District of Columbia would become a laboratory for a flat federal income tax system if Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback (news, bio, voting record) has his way.
Brownback, who chairs the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on D.C., said on Wednesday he intends to seek support from Senate leadership for legislation to create an optional flat tax in the U.S. capital, with a low rate but none of the traditional deductions for expenditures like home mortgage interest and retirement savings.
"The federal government has a unique opportunity to try out a flat federal income tax in the District of Columbia," Brownback said.
Under Brownback's theory, a flat tax in D.C. would boost the city's economy, driving up local revenues while drumming up broad U.S. support for a national flat tax. D.C. residents could still file under the old system, but few would want to, he said.
He convened a group of conservative and libertarian tax experts to testify at the hearing.
"D.C. would have a much faster growth rate and the rest of the country would put a lot of pressure on Congress, and we'd break through the special-interest log-jam," said Daniel McKenna, a senior fellow a The Heritage Foundation.
"We don't want to be part of this experiment," Strauss said. "Some of what I heard today cast him (Brownback) more in the role of mad scientist than economic reformer."
Due to Washington's unique federal role the fact it is not part of a state and has no voting representation, Congress has considerable legislative powers over the city.
"I'd love to have Kansas be the laboratory rather than the federal district," Brownback said, adding that such a move would be more politically difficult.
Translate: He had a bunch of rich white people eager to tell black people how to live, and ruin the city in the process.
He didn't even invite DC reps there to talk about their city.
DC needs the vote so this bullshit can stop.
posted by Steve @ 12:24:00 AM