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Crazy Drudge Story o' The Day
There's no bigger piece of news than XXXXX Drudge's XXXXX report that the House Republicans are set to try to eliminate the IRS and switch the nation over to some kind of national sales tax. This is, essentially, a declaration of war on both the poor and the American way of government that's been practiced since FDR. A sales tax is an incredibly regressive way to collect revenue.
The details are very fuzzy. Drudge's source is a passage from an advance copy of House Speaker Dennis Hastert's new book. Drudge says that the plan will be part of the new "Bush/GOP agenda," but he offers nothing to indicate that President would support the plan. The measure would have to gain support from the Senate, an institution that prides itself on deliberation (in theory) and independence. And, the plan certainly wouldn't survive a Senate filibuster, so at worst we're looking at a "national debate" about taxes.
The report also neglects to state whether "Screw California Out Of Money" will still a central plank of the GOP agenda.