We can most of us agree that the federal tax code should be cleaned - that it creates too many inequities, that it is overcomplicated and a mess. But were we to each have at whacking out the bad parts, would we all choose the same targets?
Or maybe we're churlish to jump ahead to that point, when two very different U.S. senators, Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Larry Craig of Idaho, each join an effort to "cleanse the code," launched in part by the National Taxpayers Union but also including a wide range of other groups. (A teleconference and media event for this is planned for tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. eastern time.)
What do U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Larry Craig (R-ID), along with 14 citizen groups and think tanks on every point of the political spectrum, have in common with each other? Normally not much, which makes the new Cleanse the Code statement, to be unveiled Thursday, all the more remarkable. Both Senators, and a sampling of representatives from the groups involved, will offer comments via media teleconference on how this effort came together – and why it offers hope for progress on reforming the nation’s tax system.
Both Wyden and Craig have had interest in the code before, with varied types of reform proposals. If they can get past the big picture into the details, which in this case really is the summer residence of the devil, they may be on to something.