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    Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit and yet take advantage of said benefit?

    Example #1: Child tax credits. Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination child tax credits on principle yet claim child deductions on your tax return?

    Example #2: Mortgage deduction. Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination the mortgage deduction on principle yet claim the mortgage deduction on your tax return?

    Example #3: Social Security. Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination Social Security on principle yet take the money when you reach retirement age?

    All of these are "if you qualify", of course.

    I don't think it's hypocritical at all. In fact, not taking something... as long as it's legal... that you can is outright dumb. I do not agree with the idea of child tax credits/deductions, but when my kids were young enough I sure as hell took them. No guilt whatsoever on my part.

    And, yes, if they had eliminated said credit half way through, I would have been fine with it. Sure, I would have missed the money, but I was never one to finance my kids based on tax implications. We would have gotten by just fine.

    I feel the same way about the mortgage deduction. I'm less critical of Social Security, and do not advocate for its elimination, though some reform would be nice (another topic for another thread).
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    Re: Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    Absolutely not hypocritical. Especially on social security where you were forced to spend your whole life paying into.
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    Re: Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    When you see how much American money Obama is giving to newly arrived, job stealing foreigners, much of which becomes lifetime support for their huge families as well as sending enormous amounts of American money to America hating foreign countries, there is nothing hypocritical about getting every dime back from the government that you can get. Obama treats America as if it is his own private slush fund. If you can qualify for it, take it. Otherwise, Obama is going to spend it on something detrimental to you and your beliefs.
    Last edited by Ray410; 07-01-14 at 03:09 PM.

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    Re: Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit and yet take advantage of said benefit?

    Example #1: Child tax credits. Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination child tax credits on principle yet claim child deductions on your tax return?

    Example #2: Mortgage deduction. Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination the mortgage deduction on principle yet claim the mortgage deduction on your tax return?

    Example #3: Social Security. Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination Social Security on principle yet take the money when you reach retirement age?

    All of these are "if you qualify", of course.

    I don't think it's hypocritical at all. In fact, not taking something... as long as it's legal... that you can is outright dumb. I do not agree with the idea of child tax credits/deductions, but when my kids were young enough I sure as hell took them. No guilt whatsoever on my part.

    And, yes, if they had eliminated said credit half way through, I would have been fine with it. Sure, I would have missed the money, but I was never one to finance my kids based on tax implications. We would have gotten by just fine.

    I feel the same way about the mortgage deduction. I'm less critical of Social Security, and do not advocate for its elimination, though some reform would be nice (another topic for another thread).

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    Re: Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    Depends largely in the context, but in general, yes. It suggests you want other people to act on your beliefs when you have no serious conviction in them yourself.

    A person who opposes a policy in anyway that matters would nearly always prefer to work at a handicap than rely on something they hate.

    If you don't oppose something enough to undermine it in anyway you can (except murder and terrorism and other violent crimes), then you don't oppose it at all.
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    Re: Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    What difference...does it make?

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    Re: Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    Unless its Social Security or Medicare, yes, its very hypocritical. I can't tell you how many hardcore conservatives I have known that had their kids on SCHIP or were on Disability.
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    Re: Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    I can't tell you how many hardcore conservatives I have known that had their kids on SCHIP or were on Disability.
    A number which is dwarfed by the millions of radical liberal extremists calling for cuts to our military while enjoying the peace and prosperity that comes from the sacrifices of our armed forces.

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    Re: Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackstone View Post
    What difference...does it make?
    The difference is that you acted on your beliefs and proved that they mattered to you in some way that wasn't just mouthing off at people that think differently than you. Even if it was just for a second, you lived a morally authentic life.

    But we live in an era where every act of moral principle has to be world changing for anybody to think its worth their time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackstone View Post
    A number which is dwarfed by the millions of radical liberal extremists calling for cuts to our military while enjoying the peace and prosperity that comes from the sacrifices of our armed forces.
    "Peace."

    Prosperity is increasingly elusive as well.
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    Re: Is it hypocritical to advocate the elimination of a benefit...

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackstone View Post
    A number which is dwarfed by the millions of radical liberal extremists calling for cuts to our military while enjoying the peace and prosperity that comes from the sacrifices of our armed forces.
    That is an absurd comparison. If you rail against big government and socialism, all the while your kids are on SCHIP, then its the very definition of hypocrisy.

    In contrast, if you believe we can cut defense spending and still remain safe as a country because we outspend the next 18 nations or so combined on defense, then you have a policy position, you are not a hypocrite. You might be right and you might be wrong, but you are not a hypocrite.

    An example of a hypocrite would be someone that was outwardly very concerned about the environment and global warming, yet drove a Hummer (or lived in a mansion - example: Al Gore).
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