Fortunately, his commenters seem to be firmly on the side of all that is right and good.
Patterico is upset about proposals to eliminate the home-owner's interest deduction and the state-income-tax deduction from the federal tax code. He is upset for a good reason, because it hits him in the pocket-book. As he points out, this is really a tax hike.
But there are good reasons for this tax hike beyond the fact that it makes the tax code more fair. If the Republicans can pass this change, then it will eliminate a lot of the resistence against the flat tax.
I think that is really what they are doing: divide and conquer the opponents of the flat tax.