Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Don't Limit Family Size

At Reach Upward, Scott Hinrichs gave me a great perspective on an issue I hadn't thought about before. He references a Utah bill that would limit the number of children you could receive a deduction for on your income taxes. Why would this be a bad thing?

Dependent exemptions exist because our society recognizes the value that each individual brings to the whole. These exemptions exist to help parents raise the children that will become our next generation of workers, leaders, and thinkers. All dependent exemptions should be of equal value. Eliminating exemptions in excess of three sends the message that fourth, fifth, and sixth children are of no value to our society. It suggests that they are only a drain. It would effectively establish a government policy stating how many children you should have.

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