Stern, Andy, “A Country That Works, Getting America Back on Track, Free Press, New York, NY, 2006

“As a nation, we face massive shared challenges.  It is incumbent on all of us to do our part to tackle these problems, such a fixing our failing schools, bringing down the rising numbers of uninsured, and connecting everyone to the Internet highway.  In addition to the revenues that we could raise by more progressively and appropriately taxing corporations and individuals, we as a society can choose to commit our resources to solving these problems more directly.
If we implemented a Value Added Tax (or some other form of consumption tax) and dedicated the revenue raised to solving just one of these problems, we could forever change the landscape of U.S. social policy,” p.179