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Behold the latest lefty idea to hold off climate change doom: Birth tax

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By Doug Powers  •  August 19, 2016 01:15 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Is it hot in here, or are they crazy?

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The article at NPR (your tax dollars at work), which is a transcript of a panicked “All Things Considered” segment examining what can be done for humans to avoid a fiery death, features an idea that is no surprise coming from progressives: A kid tax:

Rieder and his Georgetown collaborators have a proposal, and the first thing they stress is that it’s not like China’s abusive one-child policy. It aims to persuade people to choose fewer children with a strategy that boils down to carrots for the poor, sticks for the rich.

Ethically, Rieder says poor nations get some slack because they’re still developing, and because their per capita emissions are a sliver of the developed world’s. Plus, it just doesn’t look good for rich, Western nations to tell people in poor ones not to have kids. He suggests things like paying poor women to refill their birth control and — something that’s had proven success — widespread media campaigns.

In the 1970s and ’80s, a wave of educational soap operas in Latin America, Asia and Africa wove family planning into their plot lines. Some countries did this when they faced economic crisis. The shows are credited with actually changing people’s opinions about family size.

For the sticks part of the plan, Rieder proposes that richer nations do away with tax breaks for having children and actually penalize new parents. He says the penalty should be progressive, based on income, and could increase with each additional child.

Think of it like a carbon tax, on kids. He knows that sounds crazy.

“But children, in a kind of cold way of looking at it, are an externality,” he says. “We as parents, we as family members, we get the good. And the world, the community, pays the cost.”

It’s almost like these climate change apocalypse shams are all about money! “Carrots for the poor, sticks for the rich,” and big piles of cash for progressive cronies.

These whiffle-brained eco-alarmists who break out in hives and stress diarrhea at the sight of air conditioners, hamburger and gas-powered leaf blowers should be careful what they ask for though: The government hauling in tax revenue off the birth of babies might mark the end of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. If liberal pols start to view abortion providers as tax avoidance mills, their days could be numbered.

**Written by Doug Powers

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