Huckabee Iowa Op-Ed: ‘Why do GOP candidates support the IRS?’

Mike Huckabee AnnouncementBy The Iowa Statesman


Republican presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee published an op-ed in the Des Moines Register today titled, “Why do GOP candidates support the IRS & the tax code? Let’s pass the FairTax.” He wrote:

“Our 75,000 page tax code is a complete disaster and the IRS is a criminal enterprise. So why do nearly all the GOP candidates support tax reform plans that “tinker” with the tax code? Why do they all support plans that preserve the IRS?

“Our backwards, broken, punitive tax system is a classic Washington creation, and it is time we burn it to the ground. Today, there are more tax lobbyists in Washington than any other industry or sector, even healthcare. For decades, Washington central planners have made billions carving out holes, handouts, and exemptions for the powerful and well-connected.

“In both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the most sought after legislative assignments are the tax writing committees. Congressmen promise to raise millions for their party just so they can play games with the tax code. Worse still, politicians make millions as tax lobbyists when they finally retire. And we wonder why it’s been nearly 30 years since Washington last reformed the tax code?

“It’s a sickening, vicious cycle. Our dysfunctional tax system is a cottage industry for Washington insiders that’s punching millions of American families in the gut.”

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