David Frum

"Please recall what the tax code is for: not social engineering, but raising revenue for the government in the manner than distorts private decision-making the least. That argues for a simple tax on either income or consumption, at low rates, with the smallest feasible number of exemptions, deductions, and credits."

David Frum, What's Right, Basic Books, 1996

Ross Douthat

"Principle matters, but context matters too, and conservatives simply cannot make economic policy successfully (or credibly cast themselves as a populist party on these issues) if they ignore the actual performance of the American economy over the last generation, and if they refuse to see that distributional issues as well as arguments from efficiency and liberty have to play a role in the way that we reform our tax code and our welfare state."

Ross Douthat, Libertarian Populism and Its Limits, New York Times (June 4, 2013)

Intuit Lobbies against the Consumer

"Earlier this year, we wrote about how much effort Intuit has put towards blocking proposals to have the federal government send you pre-filled out tax forms. After all, the IRS already has your information, so why not just send you a form with all of your details filled in, let you check it over for any mistakes, errors or omissions, sign it and send it back? It would save a whole lot of hassle, and certainly would avoid problems caused by simple mistakes. But, of course, if the government made it easy to pay your taxes, why then, Intuit wouldn't be able to sell as many copies of TurboTax. So it's been fighting it all along."

Mike Masnick, Intuit Still Lobbying Hard To Stop Governments From Making It Easy To File Taxes, Tech Dirt, July 27, 2010