That's irrelevant now considering that they are a major source of the government's funding. I'm all for cutting spending. But no matter how low it is, everyone should be paying their fair share of the tax, however it is collected. And fair means everyone pays the same flat percentage, and they don't get deductions or tax credits that cancel out what they owe because they fit some special interest group, i.e. because they're homeowners, people who bought an "energy saving" car, etc.
I used to support that thinking, but after 20 years of having an ironclad rule against raising taxes for any reason, I no longer support raising taxes.
I’ll go along with you on a flat tax and no deductions or credits. But the first 20 or 40 grand should be tax free. And the flat rate for income earned after that should be very low. Of course, government needs to be chopped down to a small fraction of what it currently is.