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Member Questions of the Week of April 19, 2010

Duane Temple from Fresno, CA writes, How does the Heritage Foundation feel the U.S. should deal with Iran? OUR ANSWER: The best way to deal with Irans hostile regime is to ratchet up sanctions on it, primarily outside the U.N. Security Council where Russia and China have a veto, and to support democratic opposition forces that seek to overthrow the Ahmadinejad regime. The current regime can not be diplomatically persuaded to stop developing their nuclear technologies or halting support for terrorism. So, we recommend the United States do the following in order to move toward a change of regime: (a) Focus on public diplomacy and providing independent and trustworthy news sources to the Iranian people, so that they know that the U.S. is on their side and that sanctions are targeted against the regime that oppresses them, (b) Funnel funding for democratic Iranian opposition groups through third-party organizations, and (c) Announce that regime change is official U.S. policy. To learn more about U.S. policy regarding Iran, visit our webpage on the issue.

Jacqueline L. Stolz from Exeter, CA asks, What is your position regarding a flat tax or a more simple tax that applies to all and would allow a major reduction in the size and scope of the IRS. OUR ANSWER: The flat tax is simpler than our current code and would be less of a drag on the economy. Done properly, a flat tax is economically identical to a consumption tax. Heritage enthusiastically supports changing our current tax system into one more like the flat tax. With a flat tax the number of forms needed to file taxes would plummet from 893 to 1 postcard sized forman accurate illustration of the simplicity of the flat tax versus the current tax code. A flat tax would encourage productive behavior, such as work, risk taking, and entrepreneurship because it would not increasingly tax these activities as their returns increase. The flat tax would no doubt be easier for the IRS to administer and would cut down on the amount of information we have to turn over to the federal government each year. These are just a few of the benefits of a flat tax. For more information please read Heritages A Brief Guide to the Flat Tax.

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