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Families with a certain life style pay more taxes than non-families.

Uh, how exactly do they pay more taxes, if they have the same income and lifestyle? I thought you said that they got tax credits for having children?

As an aside, I find the definition of "family" as meaning "man, woman, biological and/or adopted children" to be nonsensical. Why is it the state's business to determine that a man and a woman are a family which is extended legal benefits, while a woman and two men or two men or four parents and their adult children are not?

If you want to provide legislative and economic benefits to families - for which I think there is a case to be made - you should at the very least permit consenting adults and their children to form whatever family structure suits them. In which case I would guess that most of the toy models used to justify subsidies to families would fall apart. Even leaving aside the fact that quite a lot of conservatives would certainly stop endorsing such subsidies - I have a strong suspicion that for a lot of these people it's less about supporting families than about supporting nuclear families. Which I find nonsensical bordering on the hypocritical.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Feb 23rd, 2008 at 02:39:44 PM EST
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