Ryan is rockin it on the sales tax as regressive.
the income tax is what keeps us right now from being a two tier society. without a progressive tax there is no distribution that a) keeps the middle class functioning and b) keeps services that promote the education, health, and welfare of a first world nation. for it is precisely through taxes that we are able to run the programs that we identify so strongly as our public urban landscape: libraries, hospitals, schools, traffic lights.
think the worst of rural america...everywhere.