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June 03, 2013 2:56 PM As Predicted: Flat Tax Coming Back! And Its Apostle Is Ted Cruz!

By Ed Kilgore

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, as I predicted when the IRS “scandal” first broke. But it’s interesting to see who’s roaring out of the gate with the “abolish the IRS/flat tax” revival, per Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire today:

“We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax, where the average American can fill out our taxes on a postcard.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), in an interview with Fox News, offering his solution to the controversy of the IRS targeting conservatives groups.

Here’s a snippet of video. It amuses me that both interviewer and interviewee are acting like this is some sort of new, cool idea, instead of what it is: one of the oldest chestnuts in the conservative pantry.

The fact that it’s Cruz flogging this “idea” will get it a bullet on the conservative political charts, no doubt. Nobody wants to get to the left of Joe McCarthy.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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