A Coastian in the White House? Former IRS commissioner from Gautier launches campaign

JACKSON, MISS. — A businessman who led the Internal Revenue Service from 2003 to 2007 says he’s running for president because he wants to make federal tax laws more consistent and less complex.

Republican Mark W. Everson (EE-ver-son) says he wants to replace part of the federal income tax with a consumption tax, keeping the income tax in place on higher-level earners.

He also says he wants to restructure entitlement programs, including Social Security; set a military draft and system of national service; and break up banks that are poorly managed.