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Child Tax Credit

The accountant says we make too much to qualify for child tax credit. The government doesn’t want people like us to reproduce. 

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11 thoughts on “Child Tax Credit

  1. Stringer bell on said:

    I don’t see it like that. I think it just means that the government thinks that for a family in your income bracket, money is not a deciding factor between having a child or not.

    Now if there were a policy where low income women got an year of maternity leave but other women didn’t, then yeah that would be a clear indication that the government didn’t want families like yours to have children.

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    • Money is not a deciding factor for anybody but the most marginalized. This was demonstrated by the enormous social experiment in Ukraine and Russia where governments gave families large cash gifts for each birth.

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      • Stringer Bell on said:

        Raising children is expensive. This child tax credit (which tops out at $1000) helps out a little. That $1000 means a lot more to a family making $40k than a family making $125k.

        I still don’t see your point. The way I see it, not being qualified for certain forms of government assistance is one of those ‘good problems’ to have.

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        • “The way I see it, not being qualified for certain forms of government assistance is one of those ‘good problems’ to have.”

          • It isn’t a problem. It’s an observation. Everything is done in developed countries, absolutely everything, to dissuade highly educated, professional women from childbirth. And the measures are successful, too. Birth rates among non-immigrant women in the EU are ridiculously low.

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          • Stringer Bell on said:

            “Everything is done in developed countries, absolutely everything, to dissuade highly educated, professional women from childbirth.”

            Oh, I absolutely agree. Little to no maternity leave, lack of affordable daycare, etc. are all horrible policies. But this specific thing, a $1k tax credit, is not it. How many successful professional women are dissuaded from having children because they’re not getting this tax credit?

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            • It’s not about money. It’s the environment that’s created by a million little things like that. This is biopolitics: bodily functions are farmed out to the third world.

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  2. paranoid on said:

    You still get the exemption for Klara and the dependent care tax credit.
    Families like yours also get a “the more you spend, the more you save” break on housing in the form of the mortgage interest deduction and the property tax deduction.

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  3. \ It’s not about money. It’s the environment that’s created by a million little things like that. This is biopolitics: bodily functions are farmed out to the third world.

    In Israel we cannot do that because of nationalism and a “demographic war” with Arabs (that’s not a name I made). Today I read that once again maternity leave may be increased:

    \ A bill to extend maternity leave in Israel to 15 weeks passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset on Wednesday.

    Maternity leave in Israel is currently 14 weeks, during which mothers are entitled to 100 percent of their salary, based on their pay during the three months prior to childbirth.

    Over the next six months, the Knesset Reform Committee will also examine the possibility of extending maternity leave for an additional week, to 16 weeks.

    The bill will also encourage new fathers to share more of a mother’s paid maternity leave. At present, fathers receive six days’ paternity leave, including the day of the birth itself; if they want to take extra paternity leave, it comes out of the wife’s 14-week allowance and they must take a minimum of three weeks. The new bill would reduce this minimum to one week, in an effort to encourage greater involvement by fathers.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.775069

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    • I clearly remember an article about Israeli men going to the third world to purchase babies in the most heartless, cold way imaginable. Literally ripping the babies from their mothers’ arms and leaving the mothers to a probable death.

      Not that Israelis are any different in this from any rich bastards produced by consumerism.

      And a maternity leave of 14 weeks? That’s kind of pathetic, to be honest. Canada gives 9 months at 100% (under a certain income bracket, of course, as everywhere.) And six days for fathers? I thought Israel was pro-children.

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      • \ I clearly remember an article about Israeli men going to the third world to purchase babies

        I thought those men were gay and could not reproduce.

        Also, the children will be raised as Israeli Jews since day 1, not imported as adult immigrants from another culture. We cannot do the latter en masse, if Israel wants to remain a Jewish nation state.

        I remember those were surrogate mothers. The children were not biologically theirs, so it was not “ripping the babies from their mothers’ arms.”

        Are you completely against using surrogate mothers? Even if a woman in a married couple cannot care to term, but the future child will be biologically hers and her husband’s? Is it truly worse than many other legal things people do for money?

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        • It’s true that men can’t have children without women, just like women can’t have children without men. But it’s one thing to resolve this by entering into a dialogue with a woman who is your legal, economic, etc equal and it’s a very different thing to exploit a powerless victim just because you are richer.

          And yes, I think buying human beings is absolutely disgusting. Especially when these human beings are completely helpless infants. Imagine an infant. The woman who carried him inside herself is his whole world. Her smell, her heartbeat, her voice, the rhythms of her body are everything he knows. And to rip him away from that because a couple of rich dumb freaks needs a toy? That’s beyond wrong.

          Nobody is entitled to the possession of another human being. A baby is a human being.

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