Originally Posted by Dave Lane
Technically you are correct. There is no comparison in the strength and leadership the US has taken since the income tax. Period end of discussion.
Imagine if a consumption tax had been implemented instead of an income tax. The government would be vested in creating legislation that drove economic transactions. Not just trying to decide who to take money from. But actually attempting to benefit our overall economy. Citizens could (if they so chose) save money more easily just by not spending it. The responsible ones would build a nest egg, untouched by taxes, then make purchases befitting their lifestyle of choice.