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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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Colbert I. King: Is Mitt Romney morally bankrupt?

Politics / US Politics : PostPartisan (2 years ago)

Is Mitt Romney morally bankrupt? Here’s why I ask. Today Romney is appearing at a fundraiser in Las Vegas thrown in his honor by the supremely self-absorbed Donald Trump. Confronted with his association with the fear-mongering Trump... Read Post

A Subsidy By Any Other Name

Business & Finance : Business: The Atlantic (5 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

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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