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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.

dobetterthanwalkerThe 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.

2 thoughts on “Scott Walker And The Marriage Penalty”

  1. ella says:

    WOW! I am green. I have green children. My green children are exactly like me because they are green. Every green child is exactly alike. A green child did something you do not approve of, therefore you must hate and fear every green child that has ever been born AND everything that every green child that has been born stands for. Therefore all green children must be eliminated.

  2. J Clifford says:

    Ella, what exactly is your point? I’m not seeing the analogy between your self-description as green and Scott Walker’s hypocrisy on marriage. Could you spell that out a bit more clearly?

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