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  •  Not at all (0+ / 0-)

    Mortgage interest deductions primarily benefit the wealthy and no one ever has to have kids.   Why on earth should two people hi make the same income pay different taxes  based on their choice to have kids?

    •  That's a real recipe for a blowout in the (3+ / 0-)
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      midterm elections--in favor of Repubs!

      There are many tax expenditures geared toward "the wealthy."

      But the mortgage interest deduction is not one of them!

      If the law is as it was several years ago--eliminate the mortgage deduction for a second home--that favors "the wealthy."

      Or rewrite the deduction to "broaden it."

      Or allow the deduction to apply only to low to mid-level range homes--and/or exclude or limit the deduction for all "McMansions."

      But why on earth eliminate the deduction altogether, when the housing market is so lousy--except for investors!

      BTW, the ONLY reason that this is being discussed, is to "offset" drastically dropping the marginal tax rates for "the wealthy!"


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 06:41:50 PM PST

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      •  To continue your argument: when home building lags (2+ / 0-)
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        so do the jobs that come with that segment. Those jobs are mostly lower and middle class.

        When those jobs go, as with any major segment, there is a domino effect that continues to the lunch wagons, small businesses etc that support the building industry.

        That'll work!

        It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

        by auapplemac on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:04:46 PM PST

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      •  cheaper housing (0+ / 0-)

        means more affordable housing?  How is that lousy?

    •  Think of it as paying for what you use. (1+ / 0-)
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      Read the new thread regarding water shortages.  Why should those who use more resources pay less taxes?

    •  Bc kids are the futures wealth. Well raised kids (0+ / 0-)

      are the hope of the country's future.  So we support those with public policy, including tax policy.

      Its simple if look beyond your own nose.

      •  How many kids = population overload? (1+ / 0-)
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        Really, there are too many people on the Earth right now at our current consumption and pollution rates. It would be nice if "we" were more efficient in the conservation of our earth/air/water resources, but we are not getting there soon enough to cancel our population and pollution expansions.

        Bottom line is that "we" need to control "our" pollution and consumption to a sustainable level, but we are nowhere close to that goal. It is unlikely that our existing social policies can achieve these goals world-wide due largely to political strife, ignorance and inertia.

        Such is the enigma, and that is the challenge we must face and solve, or we will perish as the species which is currently the dominate sentient force on Earth.

        And so it goes.

        Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

        by Zinman on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 10:46:42 PM PST

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      •  Who determines (0+ / 0-)

        well raised?

        •  Been trying to answer that since Socrates. If you (1+ / 0-)
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          can do so in a comment, you're a better person than I. :)

          •  The (0+ / 0-)

            conceit of the left never fails to amuse me.  It's equal to the fear from the right.  

            •  WTF does this mean? Apparently u don't know Socrat (0+ / 0-)

              es was executed by Athens for 'corrupting the youth', a trumped by and utterly bs charge based on his ohgawd! encouraging them to ask questions!.

              In a larger sense, tho, he was executed for a difference of opinion about how to raise children.

              And the debate of what is 'well-raised' or your 'who determines' (which really is a silly question bc in all but the most outrageous situations parents obviously do since they raise them - and its their Constitutional right), has raged since before then and for the 2300 years since Socrates.  If no easy answer has been acknowledged in that time, you're not going to fit one in a comment.

              Now, what that has to do with 'conceit of the left' is anybody's guess.

    •  Because we value families and the future. (0+ / 0-)

      Your statement typifies the GOP Tea Party meme.   I got mine, the hell with you and your kids.   Bet you're against single payer too.

      What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

      by dkmich on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 04:58:19 AM PST

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