Idiot Author Thinks Childless and Childfree Should Pay Higher Taxes to Subsidize Parents
(Link): Tax the Childless We should slash taxes on parents by jacking them up for nonparents. By Reihan Salam
- So now, as a childless professional in my mid-30s, I often reflect on the sacrifices working parents make to better the lives of their children.
And I have come to the reluctant conclusion that I ought to pay much higher taxes so that working parents can pay much lower taxes. I believe this even though I also believe a not inconsiderable share of my tax dollars are essentially being set on fire by our frighteningly incompetent government. Leviathan is here to stay, whether I like it or not, and someone has to pay for it. That someone should be me, and people like me.
You might want to read the reader comments under that editorial. Here are a few:
- I thought this was an April Fool, somewhat disgusted to see it was posted 31st March.
People with children use more resources and, as such, should naturally pay more (for these resources). I could have some sympathy if they were forced to have children, but they choose to have children and it is not right that those who didn’t get a say in them having children should then be forced to help them fund their lifestyle. We all make our decisions in life and we shouldn’t be made to pay for each other’s choices.
The attitude of the author is especially worrying in a world where we really should be allowing our population to naturally level off and then gradually decrease to a sustainable level. We already (in the UK at least) have benefits systems that encourage people to have children that, if we’re honest, aren’t really all that wanted (rather just accessories, or only wanted while too small to talk back / walk etc.) We should certainly be strongly encouraging a situation where every child is thoroughly planned for an wanted beyond just the baby age!
I’m a childless professional, and I most decidedly don’t have money coming out my butt. (This is also basic biology.) A good chunk of my monthly income goes to paying the student loans that enabled me to find work in a profession.
Having children is a choice, and I chose not to. I still pay into things like the educational system even though I don’t have a child to benefit from it. I shouldn’t have to pay more than my share to support those who make different choices.
- 1. I agree with Blair of STFU parents that this article title is click bait.
2. Children -> tax credits/deductions. So non-parents already pay more than parents do.
3. The majority of people with children chose to have them. I don’t see why non-parents should be, essentially, punished for the choices other people make.
I should note that my husband and I are trying to have kids, but I don’t expect extra handouts from others because we will have children.
Related posts, this blog:
(Link): Why all the articles about being Child Free? On Being Childfree or Childless – as a Conservative / Right Wing / Christian
(Link): Cultural Discrimination Against Childless and Childfree Women – and link to an editorial by a Childless Woman
(Link): Kid-Friendly Policies Don’t Help Singles – Work and Job Discrimination Against Singles Unmarried Childless Childfree
(Link): Prejudiced Writer Stupidly Blames Slutty Halloween Costumes and Societal Ills on Childless the Childfree, and Unmarried Adults – but Married people and parents are not perfect either
(Link): Totally Obnoxious Parent: Childless Couple Who Donates to Childrens Charities Lambasted by Snotty Adult Sister for Not Showering Her Kids with Christmas Presents – Parents Who Discriminate Against the Childless or Childfree
(Link): Widows and Childless and Childfree Have Better Well Being Than Married Couples and Parents says new study (2013)
(Link): 23 Responses to 23 Awful Statements Made to Childfree People by TAURIQ MOOSA