The Wall Street Journal’s opinion web site carried a Sunday attack on the Fair Tax, focusing on the bill pitched by two Georgia Republicans, U.S. Rep. John Linder and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
It was written by Bruce Bartlett, deputy assistant secretary of the treasury for economic policy in the administration of Bush No. 41.
Many of the points we’ve seen before. This one we hadn’t:
The Fair Tax, Bartlett said, “was originally devised by the Church of Scientology in the early 1990s as a way to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service, with which the church was then at war (at the time the IRS refused to recognize it as a legitimate religion). The Scientologists’ idea was that since almost all states have sales taxes, replacing federal taxes with the same sort of tax would allow them to collect the federal government’s revenue and thereby get rid of their hated enemy, the IRS.”