This is to continue the discussion of Objectivism from the front page. Some basic info:
Among her writings are The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, both of which have been turned into feature films.
Despite her atheism, Rand is popular among Tea Party conservatives because of her anti-tax stance.
Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan was a personal friend of Rand.
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(spend less pay less taxes)
How does that differ from "Make less money: pay less in taxes?"
The general problem I have is demonstrated right in your example. Sales taxes are, by their very nature, regressive. Someone making only $40,000 a year would end up paying a much greater percentage of their income, in taxes.
Taxation should be taken out of discretionary money, not that used for buying the bare necessities. Income tax brackets, plus a few basic deductions (children) allow for this sort of differentiation, in general.