Re: Going off on a tangent
why does the government get to pick and chose which lifestyle choices get rewarded or punished
Because the Daily Mail?
The correct socio-economic answer to this probably revolves around what the middle classes are doing at any given point be my guess. In the UK the middle classes are the largest grouping and relatively the highest payers of tax as a whole and per-capita and relatively to their own net worth and middle classes are the ones having the most babies and probably won't countenance taxation on family expansion. Or at least that's what people advising government most likely believe.