recountedNew York
"I said something academic. What I said was--and it was not a joke, but it was half-jocular--what I said was that if we didn't have an income tax, in other words--when did we pass the income tax, 1916?--in the early part of the twentieth century, way back there when we had no tax, no income tax, what would I favor? First, I'd favor no tax; that would be my first position. My second position would be probably for a flat tax ... But that I thought, both then and now, meaning the last time I expressed myself on it, and now, that that would probably not be feasible given the way our economy has developed."
Isaac Chotiner