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The advantage to a flat-tax system, then, is that the all-in approach would force all to think a bit more clearly before they lobby for a benefit they themselves will have to help pay for. Of course, this would never happen. Far too many tax lawyers stand to lose in a truly fair tax system, and what would Congress do all day if it didn’t have tax loopholes and favors to write for its members’ campaign contributors?

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