Originally Posted by Direckshun
Noodling with the tax code to encourage/discourage behavior.
Higher taxes on cigarrettes to discourage use of cigarrettes.
Lower taxes on donations to charity to encourage charity.
You think conservatives are more inclined (or even equally inclined) toward this type of thing than liberals? It's not possible that you really believe that.
It's a reality that we are playing on the liberal playing field of a complex, progressive income tax. Conservatives, generally speaking, have a goal of achieving a flatter, broader-based, more neutral toward social and economic behavior tax code, but they understand that they have to deal with reality. So, for example, falling short of a broad-based tax on consumption, they support measures that move us a little closer to that ideal like IRAs and HSAs.