Who needs children?
The Euro debt crisis and the presidential debate season together have unearthed a submerged debate over the value of families on the Right.
The Wall Street Journal actually singled out as the one “most disappointing” part of Rick Santorum’s tax plan the “proposal to triple the tax credit for children.”
(Actually Santorum proposes to triple the personal deduction for children, not the tax credit, but I digress).
To the Wall Street Journal editors protecting family income from government depredation is merely “a hobby horse of the Christian right,” or “social policy masquerading as economics..” because such a tax provision will not spur economic growth, “it merely rewards taxpayers who have children over those who don’t.” Continue reading
Barely two years later, after having been chosen Time Magazine‘s Man of the Year, Gingrich had plummeted in public esteem to where, in a CBS-New York Times poll, just 14 percent of voters had favorable personal feelings toward the speaker. Continue reading
Over at Salon.com an historian Hanne Blank, author of a book called “Straight” discusses how we came to divide humanity into gay and straight. The Invention of the Heterosexual (Hint: Freud did it.) (One thing I appreciate is that in Continue reading
Gingrich’s second ex-wife’s revelations lead to a spirited discussion in the New York Times on how we need to move beyond “norms” of fidelity in favor of individually negotiated honest communication about our intimate desires (plus Prof. Brad Wilcox who Continue reading
Hat tip, Rod Dreher: Gingrich Family Values