Despite the recent and encouraging income tax reform, Alabama’s inadequate and regressive state and local tax structure does not remotely reflect a real pro-life community. As we debate the merits of the proposed legislation banning almost all abortions, we must confront the ugly facts proving that Alabama is not genuinely pro-life even though many Alabamians are against abortion. Until we are also willing to accept the high sacrifice of Judeo-Christian-guided tax policy, a pro-life justification for supporting this legislation is a hollow, low-sacrifice position with no moral credibility.
Susan and I probably disagree on many things but her passion and commitment are incredible, and her emphasis on religious claims to shape tax policy debates is brilliant. The Economist captured her campaign in support of Alabama tax reform with the headline “What Would Jesus Tax?” Democrats may be able to retake the White House without fully engaging policy debates within a genuinely religious framework. But they won’t win states like Alabama. And that will leave Democrats perpetually vulnerable.
I don’t know where Susan stands, party-wise, but she is providing an important roadmap for a national progressive strategy. Not bad for a tax jock. Not bad at all.