Skip to comments.Ted Cruz launches political convention with crowd-pleasing demand to abolish the IRS
Posted on 03/06/2014 8:19:36 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Conservative firebrand Ted Cruz launches political convention with crowd-pleasing demand to abolish the IRS
Ted Cruz, the rock-ribbed conservative Texas senator who figures to be a factor in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, told thousands of conservatives Thursday morning that the IRS should go the way of the dodo.
'We need to abolish the IRS,' he said, calling instead for a flat income tax rate and a user-friendly tax return that can be filed on a postcard.
That verbal gauntlet, thrown as much at a near-century of tax collection as at the Obama administration, was Cruz's biggest applause line.
'By virtue of your being here today,' he jokingly cautioned the nation's largest annual gathering of politically conservative activists, 'tomorrow each and every one of you is going to be audited by the IRS.'
On Wednesday the former IRS official in charge of vetting nonprofit groups that seek tax-exempt charitable status refused, for the second time, to tell a congressional committee what she knew about the scandal.
Lois Lerner claimed the Constitution's Fifth Amendment afforded the right to remain silent, despite a party-line ruling from the House Oversight Committee that she waived that privilege by offering a lengthy opening statement in a May 2013 hearing.
More than 200 right-wing organizations, mostly those linked to the tea party movement, sat in limbo for as many as three years while the IRS dithered and held them up during two election cycles.
The agency is now moving toward new regulations that would allow it to codify the secret rules it used to screen out conservative organizations while quickly green-lighting liberals.
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I think Ted Cruz has the right stuff!
He will succeed in uniting libertarian and conservative wings of the party and roll to victory in 2016.
There was a time when THAT kind of statement seemed extreme.
NOW, I think it's the very LEAST we can do to avoid the worst economic consequences for American workers and taxpayers.
For reading later.
flat tax, 10% across the board, no exemptions
Take ALL the power away from the IRS and rule makers, make it simple and easy to understand, and put several billion in wasted effort of compliance back into the economy.
AND the government HAS TO live within that 10%, no deficit spending except for wartime emergency.
I try to read most FR threads on Sen Ted Cruz as I think he’s great. One thing I’ve noticed is that many of the articles say “the conservative firebrand, Ted Cruz”.
Guess I like conservative firebrands ;-)
Only half jokingly I'm sure.
No, ALL linked to the tea party movement.
My sister has spent the last 20 years as a tax preparer. She says we will never have a flat tax because a Congressman’s power (and funding) comes from the ability manipulate the tax code to give privilege to constituents. So, if Congress has a vote it won’t be eliminated as it will reduce their power, prestige and ability to extract bribes.
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The media used the term "left-wing firebrand or socialist firebrand" to describe Hugo Chavez. I believe that they use it to describe someone who strongly connects with the public.
in a perfect world, but Ted speaks to much truth and the current voting majority can’t process truth. Knowledge is pain, facts hurt and the voting majority wants a no pain solution.
Folks like Ted and Rand will have a tough go of it. I’ll vote for them, but my opinions are a minority view...IMHO
He has also in the past called for the FairTax which is vastly superior to a flat tax. With a flat tax, the IRS must stay in place, and flat taxes of past US history (there are several) have always grown like a metastasis over time.
Cruz has scuttled his campaign with this. Until the ballot recaptures its veracity, no popular cause has a chance. Never mind the entrenched political class who will do ANYTHING to prevent it.
She’s right and she’s wrong. To pass a flat tax will take a near revolution and so she’s right about that.
But she’s wrong that after a flat tax is passed, members of Congress will be right back at it carving out exemptions and favors.
A flat tax never stays flat!
Here’s a vastly superior tax reform with a lot more support: