Justice Kagan’s dissent gave the game away in its first sentence. The tuition tax credit, she wrote, is “diverted tax revenue.” Later, she elaborated, “Both deplete funds in the government’s coffers by transferring money to select recipients.” Only an extreme statist would write such a thing. The point of a tax credit is to let people direct their own money rather than putting it into “the government’s coffers” in the first place. Only if all money starts as government property can a tax credit be seen as taking money from government hands.The case from which this issue arises is Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Whose money is it?
The Washington Times has an interesting op-ed up about Justice Kagan’s view of money. Here is a snippet: