Gee, Mr. Peabody. Why aren’t people getting married anymore?

Well, Sherman, it’s because the government is actively discouraging marriage through the Internal Revenue Code:

When talking about marriage and money, most experts talk about the tax advantages of getting married. However, these tax advantages are often only available to married partners with large disparities in income.

Sadly, spouses who earn similar amounts of money — especially those who are considered high earners — are often subject to a marriage tax penalty.

The author of the article doesn’t touch on the effects of the Alternative Minimum Tax.  But I do in these posts —

Taxation, Marriage, and Children

Taxation, Marriage, and Children Part Deux

There are situations where you do receive a tax benefit from marrying and having children.  But that benefit is being eroded by government bureaucracies.And as a result, people aren’t marrying and having children anymore; they are shacking up and getting dogs.

People respond to incentives.  This is one of the core tenets of economics, and politicians know it.  In fact, they are using this knowledge to destroy our culture and country by systemically destroying the family.


Categories: Bastards, Government Shenanigans, Marriage and Family

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