Alas, No : "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.

Ed Kilgore, writing at Washington Monthly about flat taxes and other tax schemes:

A lot of these ideas get jumbled together in politicians’ rhetoric, as Paul Waldman noted the other day at the Prospect

[A]lmost every potential GOP presidential contender has at the very least expressed support for tax flattening, and most of them have come out and endorsed a flat tax.

But the details are hazy and often contradictory. Ted Cruz, for example, has endorsed both a consumption tax and a “flat” income tax (Mike Huckabee is the one consistent consumption tax proponent). Rand Paul, Rick Perry, and Bobby Jindal have all indicated support for a flat income tax. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have spoken of a flat income tax as a “goal.”

The political motive for such talk, or at least so I think, is to do two things: first, it offers an alternative, less unseemly way of talking about upper-income tax rate reductions, and second, it sneakily scratches the itch of conservative “base” anger at the “lucky duckies” who are too poor to pay income taxes under the current system.

"Tax reform" rhetoric on the right is a form of dog-whistle politics that serves a few different purposes.

For the high-end constituents, it translates to "I will make it so you don't have to pay as much in taxes." As Kilgore rightly points out, for all the talk about simplification, what these schemes are really about is making sure that rich people pay less money in taxes.

For the GOP-voting masses, on the other hand, the happy-talk about simplifying the tax code speaks to their deep-seated suspicion that somewhere, somehow, some poor person (probably a minority) is getting a hand-out s/he doesn't deserve.

Either way, it is empty rhetoric, and I would bet money that the candidates and pundits who engage in it know that. We are a country of nearly 320 million people, with a complex and interconnected economic and financial system. Our tax code falls under my general rule "Complicated things are complicated." It is probably about as simple as it is going to get.

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  5. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
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  22. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
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  27. Due is a nice reminders app.
  28. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
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  30. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
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  34. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  35. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  36. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  37. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  38. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  39. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  40. No, blogging is not dead.
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  43. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  44. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
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  46. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
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  120. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
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  130. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
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  142. Sleater-Kinney
  143. BE AFRAID!
  144. Medium's on it, bro!
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  147. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
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  150. A useful roadmap
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  206. Complicated things are complicated.
  207. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
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  210. WAR!
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  224. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  225. State of the Union predictions
  226. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
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  228. I want to like *Helix*, but…
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  230. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
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  232. Thinking before you write
  233. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  234. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  235. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  236. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  237. Hate the show, not the venue.
  238. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  239. FUD As a Service
  240. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  241. Crippling injuries build character.
  242. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  243. Saving bookstores
  244. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  245. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  246. Internet activism
  247. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  248. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  249. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  250. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  251. Your tax dollars at work
  252. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  253. Holacracy
  254. Yes, people really do still blog.
  255. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  256. Duck Dynasty
  257. No one cares about your private cloud.
  258. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  259. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  260. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  261. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  262. Money is speech
  263. Clearly
  264. Parking
  265. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  266. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  267. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  268. Unhelpful advice
  269. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  270. People don't scale
  271. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  272. Movies that scared me
  273. Epistemology
  274. Bespoke
  275. Califone, *Stitches*
  276. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  277. We want INFORMATION!
  278. Passive-aggressive politeness
  279. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  280. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  281. Google cars
  282. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  283. Really, DC? REALLY?
  284. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  285. Suspension of disbelief
  286. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  287. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  288. Personal experience v. policy
  289. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  290. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  291. The Washington Post and AWS
  292. St. Patrick’s Day
  293. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  294. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  295. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  296. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  297. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  298. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  299. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  300. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  301. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  302. Meetings
  303. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  304. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  305. Time-tracking
  306. Prophecy
  307. More guns
  308. Guns
  309. Bold Leadership
  310. Hanlon's Razor
  311. That legacy stuff
  312. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  313. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  314. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  315. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  316. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  317. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  318. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  319. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  320. That Kant was a smart guy.
  321. Petraeus
  322. The World War Z trailer
  323. You should have bicycles
  324. The technorati fallacy
  325. One of my favorite types of requests
  326. The Lucasfilm thing
  327. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  328. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  329. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  330. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  331. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  332. Undecided voters
  333. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  334. Found a new philosophy podcast
  335. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  336. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  337. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  338. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  339. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  340. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  341. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  342. Safety nets
  343. So, the Romney thing
  344. Your data-mining sucks
  345. Started watching Homeland
  346. The Clint Eastwood thing
  347. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  348. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  349. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  350. The Lance Armstrong thing
  351. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  352. A lot of Can
  353. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  354. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  355. Writing apps
  356. Distorted markets
  357., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  358. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  359. A bit more on the HBO thing
  360. OS upgrades
  361. Or I could just go listen to the album
  362. Monster Movie Week!
  363. As goes Sparrow...
  364. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  365. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  366. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  367. Nope, advertising just sucks
  368. Reading
  369. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  370. Who needs it!
  371. Advantage, Mutt
  372. Do you want the answer, or not?
  373. ACA coverage and systems failure
  374. To-do lists
  375. So long, Weather Underground
  376. Checked baggage
  377. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  378. From the $2 bins at the record store
  379. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  380. The HBO thing
  381. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  382. Not exactly random, but good listening
  383. The Dark Knight... meh
  384. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  385. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  386. Memorial Day
  387. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  388. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  389. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  390. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  391. Experimenting with Pelican
  392. Readlists
  393. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  394. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  395. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  396. War Hazard Eliminated!
  397. Unintended Consequences
  398. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  399. You’re playing their game
  400. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  401. Breitbart
  402. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  403. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  404. A bit more on The Shining
  405. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  406. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  407. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  408. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  409. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  410. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  411. Ip Man
  412. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  413. Bogeyman
  414. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  415. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  416. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  417. BASIC
  418. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  419. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  420. My power is beyond your understanding!
  421. Out-stupiding the TSA
  422. I see what you did there
  423. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  424. That "15 albums" thing
  425. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  426. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  427. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  428. That's an interesting definition you have there
  429. James Cameron v. the philistines
  430. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  431. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  432. Whither censure?
  433. Stealing TV, Part II
  434. OCTOBER?!
  435. Chasing boogeymen
  436. Nice vetting job, folks
  437. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  438. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  439. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  440. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  441. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  442. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  443. Supporting the freedom-haters
  444. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  445. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  446. Music update - February 2006
  447. The Corporation
  448. Watching TV without having TV
  449. Google strikes again (2006)
  450. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  451. Touchy subject
  452. Take my ports. Please.
  453. NUTS!
  454. One year older than I was at this time last year
  455. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  456. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  457. Lewis Black
  458. Uhhhhhhh...
  459. The Yes Men
  460. And again, my apologies
  461. I did it for you, Damien
  463. The site may be slow today
  464. Electronic mediocrity
  465. Maybe they are better off...
  466. Angry Dick strikes again
  467. Capote
  468. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  469. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  470. Wherein Pete despairs
  471. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  472. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  473. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  474. Hide your puppies
  475. I like VoIP
  476. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  477. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  478. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  479. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  480. The hearings are on.
  481. Apples and oranges
  482. And in somewhat less serious news...
  483. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  484. War in name only
  485. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  486. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  487. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  488. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  489. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  490. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  492. Flirting with the dark side
  493. Countdown to a big waste of time
  494. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  495. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  496. Weekend music update
  497. The New York Times finally throws down
  498. Today’s project
  499. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  500. The broken record continues to spin
  501. Long time, no music
  502. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  503. At least someone is putting up a fight
  504. More legal contortions
  505. More on Iran
  506. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  507. Only 20 more hours to go
  508. Original intent
  509. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  510. You say Alito, I say whatever
  511. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  512. I don’t want to live with the bears
  513. Quick TV update
  514. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  515. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  516. Reading too much into The West Wing
  517. A question, sir...
  518. Blogging about blogging
  519. A few changes
  520. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  521. Year-end music round-up
  522. Again with the wire-tapping
  523. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  524. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  525. I’m genuinely shocked
  526. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  527. Angry Dick
  528. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  529. Sorry for the delay
  530. The time grows near
  531. Site news - October 2005
  532. Quote of the Day
  533. Serenity
  534. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  535. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  536. Forensic Show #23
  537. It’s TV time again
  538. Nothing to see here
  539. Going from bad to worse to...
  540. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  541. Google Talk
  542. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  543. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  544. Voting != Democracy
  545. He’s not lying
  546. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  547. The perfect album?
  548. Movies, movies, movies
  549. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  550. A bit of background
  551. Leaving, on a jet plane
  552. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  553. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  554. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  555. Again with this story
  556. Music update - July 2005
  558. Whither Rove?
  559. How quaint.
  560. Intellects vast and cool...
  561. and... They’re off!
  562. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  563. I’m back
  564. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  565. Thank you, FARK
  566. ZOMBIES!
  567. On second thought...
  568. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  569. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  570. So it actually didn’t suck
  571. More on the filibuster debate
  572. YES!!
  573. Going nuclear/constitutional
  574. Worth a listen?
  575. Music update - May 2005)
  576. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  577. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  578. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  579. More on taxes
  580. Happy April 15th
  581. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  582. Long live the Death Tax
  583. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  584. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  585. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  586. METAL!!!
  587. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  588. This is the coolest thing EVER
  589. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  590. April Fools Day
  591. Groundhog Day, Part II
  592. The devil movies always get me.
  593. IM Annoyances
  594. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  595. What the hell?
  596. I suggest we start a pool...
  597. Drill, drill, drill!
  598. This is getting out of hand.
  599. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  600. the gates... THE GATES!!
  601. More “indecency”
  602. And again...
  603. Where have I heard this before?
  604. Anybody want gmail?
  605. Dirty, dirty titties
  606. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  607. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  608. One man’s Conservative...
  609. Google strikes again! (2005)
  610. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  611. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  612. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  613. Argh, I say.
  614. A rose is a rose.
  615. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  616. Sorry...
  617. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  618. Amusement
  619. The bottom-end of 2004
  620. How Bush Won
  621. New Music
  622. Foolishness
  623. Good news, I think...
  624. The first of many, I’m sure...
  625. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  626. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  627. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  628. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  629. Site news - November 2004
  630. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  631. More good web radio
  632. Another post-election site
  633. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  634. Sorry, everybody
  635. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  636. Apologies
  637. Nonsense
  638. Some new music
  639. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  640. The music is back online
  641. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  642. Odds and Ends
  643. SCIENCE!
  644. Making a bad situation worse
  645. Derrida, Part II
  646. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  647. The Faith-Based Presidency
  648. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  649. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  650. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.