So the SC primary is on Saturday. The robo-calls and pollsters constantly calling (it is really harassment!) will be over in a couple of days.
Our mailbox has been bombarded with these huge color postcards which alternately detail the virtues and proposed polices of the candidates or are directed at showing the hypocrisy of another candidate – of course behind the anonymous wall of a PAC.
Just as one example of the messages one candidate is championing is the flat tax. Now, the flat tax may be a nice thing, but it has been on the lips of presidential candidates since Jack Kemp ran (if not before) many years ago. It has never gained any traction in the US Congress.
My question is this: the real power for changing tax law is in the US Congress. If these members of the US Congress who are running for president haven’t been able to pass a flat tax (just to pick on one of the proposals) while they were/are in Congress, why would I think they can do it as President?
Sure, the presidency has the bully pulpit, but really …..?
Oremus pro invicem!