I think you were thinking of Income Tax Wodin. Value Added Tax (VAT) was first charged in 1973. Its just another way for the government to take our hard earned, but is supposed to progressive (I think was the economics phrase?) - because it is not charged on certain basic items like childrens clothes - but is used for supposed luxury things - so does not dis-advantage the not so well off. Or something like that.....
Well, IMHO the vat is just another excuse to take the people's money like you said.... so they can donate their $9+ billion (no exaggeration here) dollars away to tyranical nations like Israel, and the like, not to mention the secret budget bonuses that are gifted away to these governments against humanity. And yes, you heard me right, these are all gifts, donations, they are NOT LOANS. They are NOT low interest, or INTEREST FREE LOANS, these are, for all intense and purposes, just money the U.S. government gifts way EVERY YEAR at the taxpayer's expense. Yet the people let themselves get raped for it, despite the American education is so low they can't even get on the top 10% bracket. It sure would be nice if the U.S. could take care of their own economy first, and put that money into their educational system, don't you think? After all, if they are funding the bill....
Anyhow, before I go on another rant in that direction, the VAT I believe is regressive, not progressive. At least that's what I remember back in Economics 101. The problem is that the poor income family who scrapes by on 30$ G a year, spends most his cash on items which are under a form of VAT. The guy who brings home 100$ K a year, may also spend roughly about 30K of that on similar items, and hence pay the same amount of vat, HOWEVER, the rest of his cash can be spent on investments and other securities which don't fall under VAT and hence, according to theory by the Tax-Man, is getting a bit of a free ride somewhere in there, despite the higher brackets.
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