Speaker Pelosi And The VAT: Cluelessness On Display

After Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s press conference horror show”, in which she simultaneously accused the CIA of lying to her while she retreated from her own podium, it was safe to assume that her keepers advised her to go silent and deep for a while.

But cluelessness, the primary element of which is hot air, can not remain submerged indefinitely in a political climate like Washington DC and today the obtuseness reared its ugly head again when the Speaker tried to discuss the Value Added Tax (VAT). Here it is in full, so that tax payers savor the full flavor of the drink Pelosi intends to serve (I’ve bolded the low hanging fruit):

A new value-added tax (VAT) is “on the table” to help the U.S. address its fiscal liabilities, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday night.

Pelosi, appearing on PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show” asserted that “it’s fair to look at” the VAT as part of an overhaul of the nation’s tax code.

I would say, Put everything on the table and subject it to the scrutiny that it deserves,” Pelosi told Rose when asked if the VAT has any appeal to her.

The VAT is a tax on manufacturers at each stage of production on the amount of value an additional producer adds to a product.

Pelosi argued that the VAT would level the playing field between U.S. and foreign manufacturers, the latter of which do not have pension and healthcare costs included in the price of their goods because their governments provide those services, financed by similar taxes.

They get a tax off of that and they use that money to pay the healthcare for their own workers,” Pelosi said, using the example of auto manufacturers. “So their cars coming into our country don’t have a healthcare component cost.

Somewhere along the way, a value-added tax plays into this. Of course, we want to take down the healthcare cost, that’s one part of it,” the Speaker added. “But in the scheme of things, I think it’s fair look at a value- added tax as well.”

Pelosi said that any new taxes would come after the Congress finishes the healthcare debate consuming most lawmakers’ time, and that it may come as part of a larger overhaul to the tax code.

The Speaker also emphasized that any reworking of the tax code would not result in an increase in taxes on middle-class Americans.

VAT proponents have long argued that such a tax scheme works only in the context of it replacing the progressive tax code. Implementing the VAT while maintaining the present progressive tax code is, simply, a massive tax increase. Speaker Pelosi believes that a VAT would “level the playing field” because it would pay for ObamaCare, which would lower over all costs yada yada yada. And it wouldn’t result in a tax increase on middle class Americans.

Some one needs to tell Speaker Pelosi that Americans quit believing this sort of cant sometime around March of this year.

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