Scott Walker And The Marriage Penalty
“It’s time we end the marriage penalty.” That’s what Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said today.
You might think that Scott Walker wants to reduce the tax rate paid by married couples because he wants to encourage people to get married. But then, you’d have to explain Walker’s reaction to the recent Obgerfell v. Hodges decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court ruled against laws that prevented people from getting married by making it actually illegal for entire classes of people to get married. If Scott Walker was really interested in helping more people get married, he would have supported the Obgerfell v. Hodges decision.
Instead, Scott Walker called the Obgerfell v. Hodges decision “a grave mistake”.
It seems that, far from granting better tax status to large numbers of American households, Scott Walker actually wants to deprive large numbers of Americans from accessing the preferred tax status he trumpets as a cornerstone of his campaign.
Maybe Scott Walker claims that there’s some kind of arcane conservative values loophole that allows this hypocrisy to make sense, but it looks an awful lot like a classic bait-and-switch: Promise lower taxes, but in the small print, make it clear that special restrictions apply.
Such maneuvers are unbecoming a presidential candidate. We can do better than Scott Walker.