The feminists, however, have largely achieved their goal of driving full-time homemakers into the paid labor force by transferring millions of good middle-class jobs to other countries. High U.S. corporate taxes, the highest in the world, are a major factor making U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
Our current policy imposes high business taxes on profits from domestic manufacturing, while taxes on overseas profits can be postponed indefinitely. The products made by U.S. plants in foreign countries enter the U.S. with little or no U.S. tax ever paid.
The biggest issue in 2012 is unemployment. Santorum has the best of all jobs plans in calling for an end to business taxes on domestic production.
Unfortunately, fiscal-social policy in the income tax code and in government spending has steadily devalued marriage and subsidized non-marriage. Unmarried persons with children are permitted to file as "head of household" and are eligible for the same per-child credits and deductions as married couples.
Marriage has been discriminated against by the vast expansion of the welfare state launched by Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty in the 1960s. The enormous subsidies handed out from the U.S. Treasury through more than 70 means-tested programs, mostly to unmarried moms with children, now cost U.S. taxpayers more than $800 billion a year, which is more than the defense budget.
Liberals want to continue these handouts because they subsidize non-marriage, illegitimacy, dependency on government and votes for Democrats. Some free-market economists argue that the tax code should be neutral about raising children, and both sides are wrong.
Marriage absence is the biggest cause of poverty and a major cause of unbalanced budgets and our colossal national debt. Any candidate who claims to be pro-marriage should favor eliminating the sections of the tax code that reward non-marriage with lower taxes; family allowances and child credits should be reserved for married parents who are raising their own children.
A candidate cannot establish his pro-marriage, pro-family credentials by merely saying he supports a federal constitutional marriage amendment, which would take years to be enacted and may never happen. Thanks to Rick Santorum for making the taxpayers confront the fact that conservative economic policy means making our tax system pro-marriage.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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