… and replace it with a combination of capital gains taxes, corporate tax, “fees” for meeting requirements (e.g., USDA inspections) and voluntary certifications, unfunded mandates, and direct levies on the states?
(This is on the Federal level, of course, and in the U.S.)
I’m opposed to sales taxes but I might be willing to fill in gaps with a small tax on items over, say $5000.
- Is this constitutional? I believe the unfunded mandates are, but the direct levies? That seems to be allowed by the XVI Amendment.
- Is it practical? Can the mandates and levies be enforced?
- Is it politically viable? There’d be astroturf opposition, but would real people complain, particularly real people who seldom if ever pay capital gains taxes?
(NB: I was about to post this in GQ, when I had a premonition of the character of the replies; if I am informed that I was right the first time it will only serve to enhance my SDMB experience)