You are so generous when the government takes money from you

A disturbing NY Times article describes how and why so many single and married people in our culture are deciding not to have kids AND suggests that perhaps these people aren’t being selfish, but actually incredibly generous with their taxes. More generous than the tax-paying parents! Well slap me silly and call me Sally.

One could also make the economic case that, with their taxes, childless couples are selflessly subsidizing the education and well-being of other people’s children (who provide tax breaks for their parents). Conversely, it is these parents’ descendants who will be taking care of the childless adults — and keeping society operational — when they are elderly.


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