From a Fair Tax to Life on the Road
Jonathan Weisman takes a look at former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's tax policy. He writes:
To former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, supporting a national retail sales tax is more than a policy proposal. It has provided much-needed muscle for his campaign, filling rallies and events with fervent supporters hoping to replace the entire income and payroll tax system.
There's one problem: A national sales tax won't work, at least not according to tax experts and economists of all political stripes. Even President Bush's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform dedicated a chapter of its 2005 final report to dismissing such proposals.
"After careful evaluation, the Panel decided to reject a complete replacement of the federal income tax system with a retail sales tax," the panel said. It concluded that such a move would shift the tax burden from the rich to the poor or create the largest entitlement program in history to mitigate that new burden.
Peter Slevin watched Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigning in the small town of Carroll, Iowa, and looks at reactions to their closing messages. He found:
The reactions of the listeners often echoed the talking points of rival campaigns and the pundits' pronouncements. For every listener who described Obama as overly idealistic, one described Clinton as too heavily packaged. One would say she sounded prepared, another would say his aura of authenticity trumped her record.
Dana Milbank looks at Clinton's sloganeering, finding that "The slogan proliferation is, in a sense, a microcosm of the Clinton campaign: a show of overwhelming firepower, massive and organized, with nothing left to chance, but also a bit scripted and contrived, with a tendency for its many messages to get muddled."
And, In Style, Ellen McCarthy profiles the chaotic on-the-road lives of top campaign staffers and the impact on their families.
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December 28, 2007; 9:47 AM ET
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