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Michigan Republicans Propose Tax Credit For Fetuses … After Eliminating Tax Credits For Actual Children

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Ann Arbor is really cute, though.

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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12 Responses to Michigan Republicans Propose Tax Credit For Fetuses … After Eliminating Tax Credits For Actual Children

  1. Barjack

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    If only . . .

    Republicans have made a full time job out of proving government is inept. And it is, whenever they hold the reins. Get RID of 'em!!

  2. Bob

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    That Tea Party guy from Illinois does not represent us. Please don't think that we're all like that. Every state has it's share of crackheads. Some states also have more of their share, of course, like Texas.

  3. jge20

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    a vague Mid-west will do most of the time I try to be elusive rather than saying "the land of milk and crazy" but people figure I mean Wisconsin right away! I moved before things went nuts and I am so glad I did. It is 62 and sunny today. I have a a Gov that is a rare beast now a days a SANE Republican or the crazy is hidden from public view? But we have had no problems with voting or crazy person-hood amendments in New Mexico yet. But if it means a bigger chunk of money for the parents why not give a credit, why slash tax credits on one hand and expand on the other makes No sense but then again we are talking about Michigan no milk but plenty of crazy. And yes I lived there 6 years in the U.P. the snow might be to blame or the cold could be the lack of jobs but something started there years ago and it has just gotten worse. watching it is so sad but I am thankful it is at a distance.

  4. An attempt to coerce women from getting abortions?

    Or is there pressure in Michigan to reinstate the tax credit for actual children? If so, would that credit be taken year after year? A fetal tax credit would occur only once but perhaps would mollify those who favor the former credit.

    Dunno. But it's bizarre, that's for sure.

  5. George in CA

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    Isn't this a strategic move to establish the fetus as a dependent? If this proposal becomes law, then it could be argued that a post 12 week abortion was eliminating a legally recognized dependent; a life. Since they've already eliminated the tax credit for children (something both sides agree is a life), obviously they are not concerned about the "… additional expenses, another person to take care of". What they are concerned about is getting the word "person" associated with fetus, legally. And they're willing to offer a tax credit as temptation despite the fact that this goes against their stated fiscal policy. This proposed tax credit is a Trojan horse. And, yes, I see the irony of this particular metaphor.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      Heh, Trojan, nice.

      Yes, that's exactly what they're doing. The language they use is no accident: "You’re recognizing the fact that people have additional expenses, another PERSON to take care of."

    • Barjack

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      It's called "One-downsmanship." And they won't stop 'til they hit the bottom. The repubs are simply trying to make a joke out of governing, and the voters are complicit. (However, there must be some intelligent life somewhere in Michigan – Barack Obama won the state.)

  6. JimS

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    Makes perfect sense. The republicans are obsessed with the unborn and don't care much for the already born.

  7. Ryan Barr

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    Bashing on Michigan, you know this is one of only 7 states that Mitt Romney claimed as his "home state". Like the AA pic.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      Ha ha :) I forgot to mention the trees are also the right height there.

  8. Alabamian

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    As someone from Alabama, it saddens me how it's socially acceptable to pick on an entire group of people based on location. This ethnocentric attitude really hurts America, pitting state against state.

    Strangely enough, I'm moving from Alabama to Michigan this year. Sad to know I'm heading to such a close-minded and dismissive state.

  9. Figure it out!

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    C'mon, it's so simple!

    They hope to get women who have abortions on TAX FRAUD charges and maybe even catch the doctors as abetting tax fraud!

    I'd laugh, except I'm not sure it's a joke…