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  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    thus outlining a clear path for states interested in getting the government to fund religious education

    We already do, through deductions.  Note that a state couldn't provide a credit or deduction solely to religious schools.  It would have to include secular ones.
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      This decision could potentially have far-reaching implications: not only did the conservative majority decide that tax deductions did not constitute establishment

      That's not what they ruled.  They dismissed on standing, so they didn't have to reach the establishment clause issues.
    •  Seems to me the principle here (1+ / 0-)
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      that is the most far-reaching is the notion that declining to tax, or reducing taxes, is not the same as a government "expenditure."  

      In layman's terms, this is precisely the conservative view.  This Court is saying that tax cuts are not government spending, and that lowering or reducing taxes are not spending.    

      I have a feeling that, in the long run, this case will be far more cited for this principle than it will be for whether government  can provide tax incentives that support private schools, which was not actually the issue here.

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