Ahh, it seems like only yesterday we heard someone say “Oh, you’re from Michigan originally? That’s supposed to be nice, right? It’s, like, somewhat civilized, isn’t it? I mean it’s not all backwards like Alabama or anything — hahahaha!! And you have, you know, lakes and stuff, right?”
Actually, it was only yesterday that we had that conversation. And, oh, how overly generous that person seems now. (Except for the lake part. We do have numerous bodies of fresh water, and several of them are very large.)
But the “less backwards than Alabama” part? Eh, debatable. True, we only drink Mountain Dew in moderation, but we also freak out if someone mentions the word “vagina” when discussing women’s reproductive health and we insist on using the word “pop” to refer to soft drinks, which is entirely undignified.
Oh, and there’s also this new development, as reported in the Guardian: Michigan is now proposing a tax credit for unborn fetuses of 12 weeks gestation. If the measure becomes law it would be the first of its kind in the US. One of the main sponsors of the fetus tax credit bill, Jud Gilbert (R-Algonac), said the rationale behind it was to recognize that mothers have additional bills to pay.
You’re recognizing the fact that people have additional expenses, another person to take care of. Money saved there could be contributed to doctor’s bills and all kinds of things.
Which totally makes sense!! Because, yeah, parenthood does cost a lot of money. Well, it almost makes sense — except for the fact that Michigan shredded tax credits for actual, air-breathing human children last year. Gilbert and the other main sponsor of the fetal tax-credit bill, Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R- Kent County), both voted in favor of eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit for children.
Slow your derp, Michigan. Otherwise we’ll be forced to pretend we’re from
Missouri…err… Minnesota? Wait no… Texas …ok then Illinois …dammit!…Ok, maybe Wisconsin? …um, no. Okay, Switzerland then? Any face-palms on that one? No? Okay, Switzerland it is. We’re from Switzerland now.
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