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Sales Tax Exemptions are Subsidies

A recent comment thread had the familiar, tiresome morality play about subsidies to drivers and transit.  I think the use of “you are subsidized” as a moral critique is totally bankrupt, but nevertheless there appears to be genuine confusion about the sales tax exemption for gasoline and why that’s a subsidy, displayed by people I [...]
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A Subsidy By Any Other Name

Business & Finance : Business: The Atlantic (4 years ago)

I think a lot of the outrage over the retiree benefit "loophole" stems from a moral intuition that I just don't share.  I don't think the tax code has moral content.  I don't think tax subsidies are somehow different from, or worse ... Read Post

Newswire: Gene Simmons apologizes, is a real asshole about it

Entertainment / Music : The A.V. Club - Music (yesterday)

Amid a campaign to ban Kiss music from radio stations and a ceding of the moral ground to Nikki Sixx, Gene Simmons has come forward to apologize for his recent comments on depression—an apology that seems to come from a genuine plac... Read Post

Morality As Strategy

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan (5 years ago)

Moshe Halbertal, a professor who helped craft the Israeli army’s ethics code, picks apart the Goldstone report and critiques its "overall biased tone." Nevertheless, he calls the siege of Gaza "morally problematic and strategically ... Read Post


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