The passion of the President

President Bush said on Tuesday that abolishing the U.S. income tax system and replacing it with a national sales tax was an idea worth considering. “It’s an interesting idea,” Bush told an “Ask President Bush” campaign forum here. “You know, I’m not exactly sure how big the national sales tax is going to have to be, but it’s the kind of interesting idea that we ought to explore seriously.”

Yes, he sounds completely committed to tax reform, doesn’t he? Isn’t “interesting” the sort of thing you say when you think something is outrageously stupid, but don’t want to say so in public? I suspect the five or six people who are still very excited about the possibility of George Bush making the abolition of the income tax the priority of his super-secret second-term agenda are going to be sadly disappointed.