Magazine August 11, 2014, Issue

Tax Fairness for Families

That’s what a hike in the child tax credit would accomplish

Pro-family tax reform is the rare conservative cause that is more popular with the public at large than it is with conservative elites. An expanded child tax credit, such as the one Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) has proposed, has the support in polls of most people, especially those in the middle of the income spectrum. But oh how the Wall Street Journal’s editors hate it. It “does more for political redistribution than economic growth.” It’s a “mistake.” It’s “just the sort of flim-flam that economists loathe.”

Opposition to the credit is a longstanding cause of the Journal: Those quotes are

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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