Kansas votes to tax abortions — should labor unions be taxed as well?
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Not to mention all those laws and regulations governing the IRS.
And maybe, just maybe, there is the dawning that in opening up this line of attack — The Sebelius Precedent — the inevitable demand will rise to regulate some of the most cherished cornerstones of liberalism itself.
If, as is noted, opposition to abortion and contraception is central to the Catholic faith, what are two central tenets of the faith of modern day liberalism?
That’s right: labor unions and abortion.
Let’s apply The Sebelius Precedent to both these cherished beliefs of liberals.
• Labor unions: If the government can regulate the Catholic Church, surely it can change what are in fact already IRS rules governing labor unions.
Change the IRS status of labor unions from tax exempt advocacy groups and recognize that unions — like corporations — are “for profit” businesses in the business of securing profits — wages, salaries and benefits — for union members. Union members are to unions what shareholders are to corporations. President Obama has proposed an increase in taxes on corporate dividends, as the Wall Street Journal has noted.
Rich public employee unions routinely win negotiations that cost taxpayers tens of millions in payouts — dividends, if you will — to enrich union members. In the world of the private sector, wealthy unions are allowed to negotiate with corporations that are routinely paying a corporation tax — and yet the unions themselves are treated by law as tax free entities.
If, as is the liberal argument, it’s time to raise taxes in the name of fairness — isn’t it time to recognize the parity of unions and corporations, taxing unions at exactly the same rate as corporations? If the Sebelius Precedent insists that the government now has the power to regulate religious faith — isn’t it time, out of fairness, to apply the Sebelius Precedent to an article of liberal political faith? And begin taxing union benefits — the dividends of union membership — at the same rate as corporate dividends?
• Abortions: Is it time to tax abortions?
In Kansas, the state legislature is investigating doing just that. Take a look at this story in the Kansas City Star. On May 7 the Kansas House passed a bill that does indeed overturn the article of faith of liberalism that abortion providers are performing a nonprofit service. The woman, as the liberal argument has long had it, benefits immensely for having an abortion. The argument has now been accepted — the woman benefits, thus the tax.
Kansas liberals, having now gotten themselves sideways on the issue precisely because of The Sebelius Precedent — remember that Secretary Sebelius is herself a former Governor of Kansas — are suddenly furious.
One can only be amused at the outrage. Here’s one Peter Brownlie, whom the Star identifies as the president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. In fact, Brownlie sounds like no one more than New York’s Cardinal Dolan:
The anti-abortion forces continue to use the power of the state to impose their views and impose their views even through the tax system.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online