PA-12: Democrats demagogue the FairTax
In the May 18 special election in Pennsylvania to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D), the DCCC is running a television ad attacking the Republican nominee, Tim Burns, for supporting the fair tax, using the issue to accuse him of supporting higher taxes on groceries, gas and medicine.
The ad refers to an interview Burns gave last year in which he said he “would love to ultimately see the fair tax implemented.” He went on to suggest that pursuing the fair tax “straight out of the gate” would be impractical because it would require overhauling the entire tax code.
A Burns campaign spokesman, Kent Gates, said the DCCC ad “is a complete distortion at best.” Burns issued a statement to The Hill saying he supports “making our tax code flatter and fairer.”
Here is the ad in question:
What the ad doesn’t tell you (shocker!) is that the FairTax would replace the current tax code, including the Internal Revenue Service, and replace it with a 23% national retail sales tax and some other form of compliance enforcement. The proposal is very easy to demagogue, which is one reason I support a flat tax over the FairTax.
It shouldn’t surprise us that Democrats are misleading voters of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. Democrats can’t run on ObamaCare in this district, their nominee, Mark Critz, is running an ad in the district playing up his opposition to the health care bill.