A few weeks ago, David Tuerck and I co-authored this opinion piece for American Thinker(http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/05/the_political_basis_for_the_...). David is head of the economics department of Suffolk University in Boston and has done much of the foundational research on the FairTax.
One purpose of this article is to advance the flat tax vs. Fairtax debate by addressing some of the concerns expressed by conservatives (e.g., The Wall Street Journal editorial board, Steve Forbes, Cato, National Review etc.) regarding the potential of the FairTax to become a political trap (such that we end up with both an income and a sales tax).
I intend to write another article soon to further the argument that the FairTax is a reform progressives should like, assuming they understand the nuances by which the FairTax would make our tax system more progressive (with respect to consumption and wealth).
I welcome your comments.