Taxation and Breastfeeding
Okay, I’m going to risk displaying my ignorance with this post. Darwin Catholic explains why he thinks the brouhaha over Michelle Obama’s proposed tax deductions to encourage breastfeeding is rather silly, and I’m inclined to agree. He also notes the inefficiency of the deductions, which I imagine is also correct.
Here’s where I’m confused: Michelle Bachmann has described the proposal as the government going out and buying breast pumps. Sarah Palin has said that Michelle Obama is telling mothers, “You’d better breast-feed your baby.” Neither of these depictions is anywhere close to accurate, but that’s not what puzzles me. The proposal amounts to a tax deduction for nursing supplies. Those who claim this deduction will decrease their taxable income. They will pay less in taxes. I would think Bachmann and Palin would cheer efforts to reduce the taxes of breastfeeding Americans.
If I wanted to join in the silly hubbub, I could ask why Bachmann and Palin are against lowering the taxes of nursing mothers, but that would be darn right inappropriate of me.
Kyle Cupp is a freelance writer and editor with a background in literature, language, and philosophy.