The Heartland Institute has just started their new blog, called Somewhat Reasonable. I’m posting there regularly now, and I’ll be cross posting here, there, and over at ChicagoBoyz as well.
I don’t agree with Mitch Daniels trial balloon VAT proposal. I support a complete transition away from all income taxes, and toward consumption taxes. That said, the knee-jerk reaction to his attempt to discuss solutions to our national financial problems is wrong. This is the best Governor in the country. Having him as President would be a blessing.
For more debate, go here.
For a better proposal on swapping ALL income taxes, go here.
For a critique of Tea Party Candidate errors, go here.
The text below is my comment on the Mitch Daniels kerfuffle over at National Review’s Corner.
It’s sad to see so many knee-jerk types disqualify someone who is perhaps the best governor in the US because of a trial balloon floated in a speech.
That behavior is far more reckless than any such speech. They should know that they are “disqualifying” a governor who repealed public unionism by executive order on his first day in office.
He’s cut spending better than any other governor save perhaps Christie (who used a pension holiday to balance the books this year).
Property taxes were cut and capped under Daniels, too.
Daniels has also created HSAs for public employees and created a health plan light years ahead of RomnObamacare.
But float a potential solution to the overspending and overpromising for the last 4 decades, and I guess you get burned at the stake for being an apostate.
It’s sad, and I hope the cool water of reason soothes the fevered brows before primary time.
Again, if spending cuts are needed, NO ONE has a better record than Daniels. Maybe he’s also smart enough to know that give and take in a 50/50 nation requires some negotiation.
Based on the field I see, Daniels is by far the best bet, and I say that as a CRITIC of his bad trial balloon. We should run on a complete shift from income to consumption taxes, not some weak swap.
At least the necessary conversation is started. It’s called leadership.