Culture War Summer Reunion Tour – the IRS Gigs

Like any reunion tour eventual it must end and with Labor Day being the unofficial end of summer now is probably the last big gig.  If that is the case we are really going out with a bang.


Some tours never end

Today the U.S. Treasury ruled that legally married gay couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.  This will affect how couples will be treated in terms of all federal taxes, including income taxes, estate and gift taxes, health insurance, retirement accounts and employee benefits.

This is sure to be greeted with jubilation about the Human Rights Campaign and utter contempt by the religious right.  It does show how things really are moving in the Culture War.

Social issues that were once used as wedges by conservative candidates (it was only 9 years ago conservatives used gay marriage bans on the ballot in states to drive up evangelical turnout that would help re-elect Bush) against Democrats are now turning out to turn the GOP more in many areas.  If you don’t believe me ask yourself why isn’t Ken Cuccinelli doing better in the voter rich suburbs of Fairfax county.

Looking to 2016 will the GOP run a Presidential candidate who is in favor banning gay marriage where it already is or overturning this IRS ruling?  Who knows, answers to that question are what the 2016 race are all about.

While Culture War Reunion Tour seems to be winding down you for the summer, you can bet much like the Rolling Stones, Steve Miller Band, The Who, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, or the Grateful Dead the next reunion tour is just around the corner.


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