Regarding the Value-Added Tax (VAT), couldn’t those on a low and/or fixed income have a card (like a Sam’s or Walmart Card) that you don’t have to pay tax — or maybe half of the tax. You know; like small business owners that stock up at both if they have their tax number for the business?
Certainly the government could set up the system however it likes. And it wouldn’t be surprising to see its efforts directed toward creating another dependent class in order to make them feel their “benevolent” government was giving them some break that someone else might not be getting. However, the VAT is a terrible idea that will kill the economy and steal more of your wealth.