With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax. Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax -- called a value-added tax, or VAT -- has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/26/AR2009052602909_pf.html Before all of you VAT proponents start getting all excited, this will be on top on the Federal income tax. We must nip this one in the bud folks. Write or call your reps and tell them, "Dont even go there".