Goldy points to The Seattle Times’ endorsement of the repeal position on the estate tax advisory vote. We just voted for an estate tax like a few years ago, didn’t we? Whatever. But what I find interesting is The Seattle Times’ insistence on calling it a “death tax” as if that’s a thing.
Reading that got me thinking about their other insistence regarding taxes. Specifically, that taxes harm whatever you’re taxing. So they’ve been taking the line for years that you can’t increase taxes during a recession/recovery because it will harm the economy.* But if that’s true, they should support a “death tax” because it will stop people dying. By The Seattle Times’ logic, The Seattle Times wants more death. QED
*FWIW, I generally think that’s true. I also think spending cuts hurt the economy and that’s why I’m pro deficit spending during economic trouble. So when The Seattle Times also insists on balanced budgets, it undermines their position. If we have to chose between spending cuts or tax increases, I’m generally in favor of tax increases, and would prefer them on people who can afford to pay.