I just watched a segment on the Bill O'Riley show where a Fox News contributor brought up a point I never considered. The Healthcare Bill is going to cost somewhere between 2 to 2.5 Trillion dollars over a short period of time. The CBO numbers were bogus in order to get the bill "passed". Barrack and his machine know this and have planned for it. AFTER the November elections it is expected that a national sales tax, a VAT, will be proposed and "Passed" (or deemed?) on top of the current income tax in order to pay for the HUGE government entitlement programs created by the Healthcare Bill, the addition of mllions of new citizens via comprehensive Immigration "reform", Cap & Trade and all the other entitlements yet to come. I'm afraid that the FairTax will not have a snowballs chance if a VAT is created on top of the income tax. The silver lining may be that the FairTax will be the obvious choice of taxation AFTER the current machine is dismantled, but I'm afraid this battle is going to get real ugly before we get to that point.