A Family Quarrel

A new proposal for supporting families is inferior to building on the successful policies we already have.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he federal government imposes too heavy a tax burden on parents, and particularly on parents of large families. It ought to reduce that burden by expanding the child tax credit: enlarging it from its current value of $2,000 per child to at least $4,500; applying it fully against payroll and income taxes; indexing it to grow along with wages; and making these changes part of permanent law. For decades, Americans have had fewer children than they indicate to social scientists that they would like. An enlarged child credit would make it more possible for them to reach their goals.

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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