But American citizens keep coming up with the oddest objections to what politicians are trying to do. Representative Phil Hare was explaining how he was using his miraculous legislative powers to cure all sick people, and do you know what someone asked him? Whether it was constitutional.
What the hell? What does that have to do with anything? So Rep. Hare, quite startled by this idiocy, said, “I don’t worry about the Constitution.” Why would anyone worry about the Constitution? If it ever comes up, you just wave your hand and say, “Commerce Clause!” and that should cover it.
Would they raise enough money? I don’t know. But the point isn’t to design a tax system capable of supporting the government, but to devise the simplest, fairest tax code devoid of niggling manipulations, and tailor the government to fit the revenues. Heresy! Which is why you fear reform is doomed. What was the last enormous government program anyone succeeded in whittling down to something tiny and benign?