Dems blast Tipton for Fair Tax stance


Less than 24 hours after Cortez Republican Scott Tipton acknowledged he suffered in 2006 from attacks painting him as supporting tax increases, the Colorado Democratic Party lambasted him again on the same count.

Tipton, who is seeking the GOP nod to challenge U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., for the 3rd Congressional District seat, pledged Thursday night to support the Fair Tax, a consumption tax, to replace the income tax.

“For years, Scott Tipton’s been singing the praises of a massive 23 percent tax hike on food, gas, clothes and just about everything else that middle-class Colorado families buy every day,” Colorado Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak said in a statement released Friday afternoon, citing Tipton’s comments of the previous night.

“Working families in Colorado would be the hardest hit.”

Tipton fired back, saying in a statement, “Rather than engaging in dishonest attacks on one of the ideas for fixing our broken tax system, the Democratic Party would be better off re-evaluating their own broken tax proposals.”

Tipton offered what he called his “Ten Percent Plan,” calling for a 10 percent cut in federal discretionary, nondefense spending; a 10 percent capital-gains rate; and a flat 10 percent corporate tax rate to lighten the tax burden and encourage innovation and job creation.

Tipton complained Thursday during a forum with his GOP opponent, Bob McConnell of Steamboat Springs, that his position on the Fair Tax had been mischaracterized by Salazar during the 2006 campaign, won by Salazar.

Waak’s statement included a link to, which lists Salazar as an opponent of the plan and two Democrats, Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Dan Boren of Oklahoma, as supporters.

It also lists Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, both Colorado Democrats, as “do not support,” which it places in a separate category from “against.”

The Fair Tax, according to the Web site, would eliminate the federal income tax, payroll taxes, corporate taxes and several other taxes, as well as the need to file personal income taxes.

The site also notes that low-income people would be reimbursed for taxes paid on necessities, such as groceries.


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