Income Tax

Ted Cruz's slippery sales pitch for a tax overhaul

Ted Cruz's slippery sales pitch for a tax overhaul

It's looking more and more as if Ted Cruz, the firebrand conservative from Texas, will be Donald Trump's main rival for the Republican presidential nomination. So it's worth digging a little more deeply into Cruz's views to see what kind of conservative he is.

Let's begin with the proposal Cruz calls the cornerstone of his economic policies: his tax plan.

Cruz has suggested replacing the federal income tax with a 10% flat tax. Everyone, rich and poor, would pay the same rate.

It's simple. It's bold.

“Imagine … every American filing his or her taxes on a postcard or an iPhone app,” Cruz says.

On this score,...

58°