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    Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option

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    By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer – 43 mins ago
    Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option - Yahoo! News
    Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.

    Before deciding what revenue options are best for dealing with the deficit and the economy, Obama said in an interview with CNBC, "I want to get a better picture of what our options are."

    After Obama adviser Paul Volcker recently raised the prospect of a value-added tax, or VAT, the Senate voted 85-13 last week for a nonbinding "sense of the Senate" resolution that calls the such a tax "a massive tax increase that will cripple families on fixed income and only further push back America's economic recovery."

    For days, White House spokesmen have said the president has not proposed and is not considering a VAT.

    "I think I directly answered this the other day by saying that it wasn't something that the president had under consideration," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters shortly before Obama spoke with CNBC.

    After the interview, White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki said nothing has changed and the White House is "not considering" a VAT.

    Many European countries impose a VAT, which taxes the value that is added at each stage of production of certain commodities. It could apply, for instance, to raw products delivered to a mill, the mill's production work and so on up the line to the retailer.

    In the CNBC interview, Obama said he was waiting for recommendations from a bipartisan fiscal advisory commission on ways to tackle the deficit and other problems.

    When asked if he could see a potential VAT in this nation, the president said: "I know that there's been a lot of talk around town lately about the value-added tax. That is something that has worked for some countries. It's something that would be novel for the United States."

    "And before, you know, I start saying 'this makes sense or that makes sense,' I want to get a better picture of what our options are," Obama said.

    He said his first priority "is to figure out how can we reduce wasteful spending so that, you know, we have a baseline of the core services that we need and the government should provide. And then we decide how do we pay for that."

    Volcker has said taxes might have to be raised to slow the deficit's growth. He said a value-added tax "was not as toxic an idea" as it had been in the past.

    Since then, some GOP lawmakers and conservative commentators have said the Obama administration is edging toward a VAT.
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    Europe has a VAT. However, they do not have an income tax. Unfortunately, B.O.'s Value Added Tax would be in addition to our already burdensome federal income tax. I have a suggestion: since our legislators seem so anxious for the U.S. to mirror Europe, why don't they eliminate the IRS and THEN initiate the VAT? Not gonna hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative Wife & Mom View Post
    Europe has a VAT. However, they do not have an income tax. Unfortunately, B.O.'s Value Added Tax would be in addition to our already burdensome federal income tax. I have a suggestion: since our legislators seem so anxious for the U.S. to mirror Europe, why don't they eliminate the IRS and THEN initiate the VAT? Not gonna hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
    Why don't they quit wasting money so they can reduce the taxes? Because destroying the middle class is the plan.
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    Destroying the middle class is only part of the plan. Part two is to have as many people dependent on the government as they can. Dependent people vote democrat. Must keep those freebees coming.
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    But he PROMISED there would be NO raisede taxes for anyone making less than $250,000.

    Are we going to have to prove our annual income before every purchase?

    Or, could it be that he lied to us?

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