Fred Lucas
April 26, 2010

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As President Barack Obama prepares to kick off his National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform on Tuesday, the administration continues to give mixed messages on whether it supports imposing a European-style Value Added Tax (VAT) on top of all existing taxes to help cover the federal government’s $1-trillion-plus deficit spending.

While the official line from the White House is that the president is not considering a VAT, comments by the president and administration officials seem to leave the door open to the possibility.

“I think the president, I think the administration, has talked about this,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told on Friday. “We have a budget that doesn’t raise the VAT tax. It’s not a proposal that we are working on here. It’s not something that’s being contemplated here.”

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