Debating Taxes and the Family –

Debating Taxes and the Family –

January 9, 2012, 3:17 pm

Debating Taxes and the Family

by Ross Douthat

I’ve praised Rick Santorum’s tentative steps toward a pro-family tax agenda. Others on the right are less impressed.


Families who either benefited from an expanded personal deduction for children or applied an expanded tax credit against their income and payroll taxes would no more be “dependent for [their] existence on the federal government” than an investor who benefited from the differential treatment that the tax code gives to income from capital gains, or a business that benefited from a reduction in the corporate tax rate, or an heir who benefited from the abolition of the estate tax.


[The] claim that a more family-friendly tax code would benefit “only Americans fortunate enough to have a child” falls into the trap (common to analysts on the right and left alike) of treating children as a kind of consumption good, rather than as American citizens with interests of their own.


Read the full story here: The New York Times


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