There are a lot of wire stories the Seattle Times could reprint and plug from their home page, but they chose this one:
National sales tax idea getting fresh look
With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a moneymaking idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax.
Had John McCain won the White House… were the Republicans currently even a credible opposition party, if not a legitimate threat to seize control of the House or Senate in 2010… then perhaps the notion of a highly regressive national sales tax might amount to something more than just a right-wing fantasy. But he didn’t, they’re not, and it won’t.
So the question remains, why would the Times reprint this particular piece of pointless, idle speculation? Wishful thinking?