The Child Credit in the New York Times

by Ramesh Ponnuru

Reihan Salam’s Slate column making the case for tax relief for parents prompted the Times to run a “Room for Debate” feature on the idea. Yuval Levin represents, as usual, the forces of truth of justice. The liberals in the group conceive of the question as how to redistribute money to the needy, and naturally conclude that childless poor people should get at least as much extra help as parents. Chye-Ching Huang of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities adds: “Besides, children grow up in extended families and communities. ‘Childless workers’ are siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents — some of whom live with young relatives. Helping young childless workers could increase their labor force participation, improve their marriage prospects, and reduce crime: all strengthening children’s communities.” But why stop with communities? If the nation is a family, then families don’t matter.

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