…a few months back.
What brought it to mind is all this SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) hoopla. Here’s about the best summation I’ve seen, but buyer beware: I’m not keeping up with the world much these days.
I will say that this is the first halfway-intelligent comment I’ve ever seen attributed to Sotomayor:
“What gives the federal government the right to be concerned at all about what the definition of marriage is?”
A more-than-halfway-intelligent comment would, of course, be more along the lines of “What right does the federal government have to meddle in personal relationships?” But “The Wise Latina” can’t see that, or acknowledge it if she does. Because, like most people, she believes she has the right to meddle in anything she can get away with.
Anyway. AFAIK, our select community is the only one…ever…to ponder the proper spectrum of taxation. We, in a couple of posts, debated “flat tax” versus “flat tax with a universal deduction”. I favor a deduction for a couple of reasons, one of which is based purely on friction. It’s not worth it to collect $100 if the transaction costs are $101. And federal infrastructure is the…infrastructurest?
Anyway again. How about a universal deduction for everyone regardless of age, gender, habits, or income? (The only exceptions might be convicts and prisoners. Haven’t pondered that yet.) Every citizen gets the same deduction and…here’s the genius if I do say so myself…deductions are fungible.
Would go on with the idea, but it’s 3 A.M. here. Am taking tomorrow (oops, today) off, and Good Friday is a paid holiday, so it’s a four-day weekend. Very little of which will be spent in reading Sotomayor’s opinions.