You really think that Conrad went out on this limb all alone without knowing whether or not the admin would cut it off behind him? I doubt it.
My comment was in response to someone saying something along the line of, 'What does the administration have to do with this'. I highly doubt it caught them by surprise and it seems some of the adminstration have been thinking along the same lines.Even if that were true, is floating a trial balloon the same as endorsing the idea?
They are going to have to raise a lot of moeny and a VAT would do that and it has the advantage of being hidden from the dumbmasses who would just blame the price increases on those big business assholes.