Tuesday, September 05, 2006
The tax credit embodies everything conservatives supposedly hate about government. It is government-knows-best micro-social engineering of the worst sort. It chooses amongst conceptions of the good and uses the tax system to force people into compliance. What’s worse, kids who can’t kick a ball or kids who can’t carry a tune? Is either of these a matter for the government?
Even if we accept that the government should be encouraging child fitness, this policy is not neutral with respect to delivery. Why should parents get $500 for ditching Sophie and Maxime three days a week at the pool, while parents who take their kids canoeing or for daily walks get squat?
The whole notion of tax credits to encourage behaviour is utterly senseless and a complete waste of public money.