Friday, February 22, 2013

6 Not-So-Deadly Sets of Proposals for 6 of the Seven Deadly Sins

Lust: More funding for family planning, expanded access to contraception

Gluttony: Increases on the "sin taxes" levied on cigarettes and alcohol, imposition of a new "sin tax" on soda/sweetened beverages, reduction of subsidies to large farms and reallocation of agriculture spending to smaller farms engaging in sustainable agricultural practices, stricter control over marketing to children

Avarice: a more steeply progressive income tax scheme such as that of the 1950s, perhaps even a maximum income, a financial transaction tax such as that being implemented in the EU, stricter regulation of the financial industry

Sloth: a more steeply progressive inheritance tax

Wrath: Cuts to defense spending, an end to the drone war in Pakistan and Yemen, an end to the militarization of the CIA, an assault weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines

Pride: Campaign finance reform

I can't think of an ideal fit for envy because its negative effects are primarily direct inward, and I see social democratic policies as more focused on curtailing the avarice of capitalism than eliminating envy.

Basically, if politics are to accomplish any good, there must be a strong foundation in morality.

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