Kids get the boot; where are the morality czars?

Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 12:00am

Has there ever been a clearer, more irrefutable example of our political leaders' lack of a moral compass than the clandestine, 11th-hour elimination from the new tax bill of a promised child tax credit for almost 12 million of America's poorest children? It's a move that is so coldhearted that it could only have been made by people who have lost all moral direction.

Heaping billions on the rich while ensuring that one out of six American kids doesn't get a penny is dead wrong. This is not a right/left issue. It's a right/wrong issue. But the GOP's self-appointed morality czars have been deafeningly silent on this bit of economic indecency. It took the Democrats in Congress voting June 5 to restore the child credit provision.

Adding to the obscenity is the fact that while the congressional hatchet men were hacking up the $3.5 billion child tax credit in the name of keeping the total tax cut under $350 billion, they let stand billions in corporate tax dodges. The White House labeled this particular piece of supply-side porn the Jobs and Growth Act. I guess the Leave No Corporate Loophole Behind Act didn't focus-group as well.

The last few years have shown us what happens when an entire subculture loses its moral compass: Enron, Tyco, Adelphia, WorldCom, et al. And it's becoming increasingly clear that the current administration has embraced the unethical ethos of the corporate oligarchy from which so many of its members came

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