Conception, Life, Tax Credits, and Confused Liberals
I saw this image in my Facebook feed earlier today.
The image had been "shared" by a friend, who I am sure thought that the message of the image was ironic and hilarious. I'm sure that he thought that this was a statement that would count as a win, or a "run" or at minimum a "called strike," in a conversation about the sanctity of life. I'm sure this individual thought, "take that Rethuglican! How are you going to get out of this one."
Well, quite simply by saying "sure." If you are willing to agree that life begins at conception, I'm willing to add an additional 9 months to the child tax credit. Heck, my wife and I would have benefited from such a provision.
Now, that doesn't speak to the justness or desirability of having a child tax credit in the first place. That's an economic discussion for another time and place about using the tax code as a rent seeker's paradise.
No, this is just about whether if there is a child tax credit, and life begins at conception, whether it should apply from that moment.
Sure. If it takes a slight deduction in your tax burden to get you to recognize the sanctity of life, I'm all for it. The implication that adding 9 months of eligibility to an existing tax credit would alter mine is more that slightly offensive.
It seems to me that ads like this one, and the "anti" Romney ad by the Obama Truth team, further illuminate how poorly the left understand the beliefs of conservatives.