Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
Ferrari Life Posts: 5,509
There should be a tax on kids.
Ok, my wife and I don't have any kids (although she wants one bad). Because of the fact we don't have kids we don't currently use any of the schools or social services or youth centers or anything like that. So you'd think, "Well, that's cool, you must get a break on your taxes." Nope. Quite the opposite, I pay more. When you give birth to a dependant you get a tax DEDUCTION. You pay less. It's like a reward for not using a condom.
Say my neighbor decides to have a kid. He gets a tax deduction. Because the population has increased we need a new school and more teachers. My taxes go up. How is that even remotely fair? Your probably thinking, "Well raising a kid is expensive so you can't afford to pay as much in taxes." Well then don't have kids if you can't afford them! Why should I pay more in taxes because other people are breeding like rabbits? Say an unemployed addict trades sex for drugs and spits out a kid. She doesn't pay any taxes, in fact, the government is going to give her money. It's called welfare. Guess who's pocket that comes out of? And she feels that that welfare money is her God-given right and she deserves it.
When you register a car, you pay an excise or "use" tax. That money pays for the roads. If you don't have a car, you don't pay for the roads. If you have 2 cars and 2 drivers, you pay for more of the roads. Now that's fair. Your income tax pays for the public transportation so you are still paying what is fair for what you are using. I think kids should be registered also and a flat rate annual fee applied to cover the costs of the public services that kid is going to use. If you have 2 kids, you pay twice as much as the family with one kid.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for pitching in for the "Greater Good" and I don't mind helping to pay to build a new school. I just don't think that I should pay more for that school than the family that has 6 kids who are going to use it. I want it to be there when my wife and I are ready to have kids, but why am I paying a teacher's salary now? Why can't I wait until she's teaching my kid something. I don't need to keep her "on retainer" until then.
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