According to Bruce Bartlett, John Linder and Neal Boortz’s FairTax idea originated with the Scientologists. That kind of makes it creepy.
No doubt couches everywhere now fear Linder and Boortz are going to start jumping on them, proclaiming their love for the FairTax.
(As Rugby_Fan points out in the comments, Political Insider had this earlier today. That Barlett column must be sailing all around the series of tubes we know as the internets)
UPDATE: Spare me the hate mail on this. I don’t care. I was just posting it because it’s a big issue in Georgia. Count me in favor of any tax plan that gets rid of the IRS. While some of the basic foundations in the FairTax may have been developed by
lunatic nutjobs who follow Xenu and his DC-7 space planes Scientologists, it’s worth nothing that the Constitution, prior to the 20th Century, contemplated no income taxes and no IRS. In fact, we had to amend the thing to have an income tax.