Here is an exact "copy" of an e-mail response I received from Congressman Mark Udall (D) about a month and a half ago. Thought you'd like to see it...
Congressman Mark Udall <co02@...>
From: "Congressman Mark Udall"
Subject: Response from Congressman Mark Udall
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 09:50:47 -0400
August 16, 2004
Dear Mr. Navarrete:
Thank you for letting me know you support replacing the
progressive income tax with a national sales tax or similar tax
on consumption. I appreciate your getting in touch.
I agree that a national sales tax (or something similar) could
have some advantages. However, unless it were carefully
designed, it could mean that people with lower incomes (who
must spend a greater proportion of their incomes on living
costs) would be paying more than people with higher incomes
- just the reverse of the idea behind the progressive income tax.
In addition, many states and local governments depend heavily
on sales taxes, so
it would be important to consider how an
additional, federal sales tax might affect them.
I don't know if the House of Representatives will consider
changing the tax laws along these lines. If it does, you can be
sure I will remember your views.
Thanks again for contacting me. I see my job as being about
more than supporting or opposing legislation. I also see it as a
chance to try to bridge ideological divides and to bring people
together to solve problems. So, I welcome your letters and e-
mails and always listen closely to what you and other
Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the
concerns of our communities, and the issues facing our state
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