Tax reform always seems like such a good idea -- and such an obvious one -- that it's easy to forget how hard it can be. But it is hard, not least because existing tax structures tend to be well-entrenched. That's a fact that reformers confront with regularity. Consider this comment from 1884:
- But vicious as the tax system is, it is ours and we have grown into it--and we cannot be snatched out with impunity any more than a turtle could be pulled out of his shell without jeopardy. (Washington Post, January 17, 1884, p.2)
Let's hope today's leaders can make progress without waiting for such a a destructive crisis.