How's That Again?

Jerry Brown's stream-of-consciousness style of politics was on display last week as he tried to explain his tax-reform proposals in a meeting with TIME's editors in New York:

Q. Most economists say your plan for a 13% flat tax and a 13% value-added tax would result in higher tax bills for middle-and lower-income people. Did you think the idea through very thoroughly?

A. I thought a lot about it, and what I thought was this: that all these little tax proposals that I've watched are empty and meaningless. They don't add up to anything. It's just a game of churning the...

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