Kerry, Sen. John, in “US Eyes Sales Tax,” by Jay Fitzgerald,, 04/09/10

“The tax code remains too long, too complicated and too chock full of wasteful subsidies and giveaways that don’t make economic sense.  A big reform is overdue. We should simplify. You should look at and consider everything that would take some of the burden off of working people. We should definitely debate alternatives like the VAT, but the test of any idea should be fairness, progressivity and economic growth.”