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CBO: Gay Spouse Benefits Will Make Gov’t Money

First we have this from the Politico:

Office of Personnel Management: Benefits now available to same-sex spouses

By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | June 28, 2013

The same-sex spouses of federal employees can begin applying for benefits including health insurance and retirement accounts immediately, the Obama administration said Friday, two days after the Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The Office of Personnel Management offered the guidance in a letter to the heads of executive departments and agencies, detailing access to many of the benefits to which legally married same-sex spouses will now have the same access heterosexual married couples do, including health, life, dental, vision and long-term care insurance.

The memo, signed by acting director Elaine Kaplan, does not go into detail about the benefits available to same-sex couples who marry in one state but live in another where those unions are not legal. By omitting a specific reference to state laws, and repeating that benefits will be available to all legally married couples, OPM appears to be making the case that couples will have access to the listed benefits regardless of the state in which they live…

Just as we predicted. Still, isn’t it amazing how quickly the behemoth of government bureaucracy can wheel into action when it wants to?

Remember, we were told that any tax cuts would be a disaster because it would be so hard to re-write the tax code and the fix the computers? But when it comes to giving out benefits to an important constituency it can be done overnight.

And never mind that this should vary from state to state. And never mind the cost. The sequester be damned.

But luckily, the always dependable CBO has just rushed out a study that says these benefits are not going to cost anything. Isn’t that wonderful? (See below.)

In fact, this piece the Associated Press wants to tell us that marriage benefits are not all that they are cracked up to be: 

Federal marriage benefits? Not for everyone

By Stephen Ohlemacher | June 30, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like other married couples, same-sex couples are about to learn that federal benefits for being married might not be all they’re cracked up to be.

Why didn’t they tell the gays this sooner, and save everyone a lot of time and trouble? Just kidding. This is just a blatant lie from the AP, to try to make us think extending benefits to same sex couples won’t cost anything.

Social Security benefits for spouses can be generous, but only for couples with big disparities in their incomes. Taxes are a decidedly mixed bag, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions for the Internal Revenue Service.

Many middle-income couples should get welcome tax breaks now that they can change their filing status from "single" to "married filing jointly." The biggest benefits will go to couples in which one spouse makes more money than the other. But those at the top and bottom of the income scale could face significant tax increases.

High-income taxpayers could feel the pinch because the tax code still contains substantial marriage penalties for couples with higher incomes. Low-income taxpayers could lose benefits that target the working poor, such as the earned income tax credit, if they get married and their spouse’s income disqualifies them.

Low-income parents also could lose other government benefits such as Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, if they get married and their spouse’s income pushes them above certain limits.

"The poor gay couples, particularly if they’re raising children, are going to face the same huge penalty structure that’s now faced by low-income households in general," said Eugene Steuerle, a former Treasury official who is now a fellow at the Urban Institute.

"In that case, they may have won the court battle but are still stuck in a social structure where the government basically tells them, do not marry or you’re going to lose a lot of money," Steuerle said…

That is to say gays will still be able to adopt even if they aren’t married. Is that true for different sex couples?

In 2004, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found 1,138 provisions in federal law in which marriage was a factor…

That’s the real scandal, right there. But speaking of the "non-partisan" CBO, get a load of this howler:

The Congressional Budget Office tried to estimate the effect on the federal budget of legalizing same-sex marriage in every state. On balance, the study said benefits and penalties would come close to equaling out and have relatively little effect on the federal budget.

Tax revenues would actually increase, but not by much — less than one-tenth of 1 percent…

Isn’t that hilarious? Who would have thought that extending benefits to all of these gay ‘spouses’ would actually make the government money in taxes. It’s almost as if the non-partisan CBO will tell any lie, no matter how big, to please their Democrat bosses.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “CBO: Gay Spouse Benefits Will Make Gov’t Money”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Bullshiite, CBO!
    Anybody notice how quick the queers rights are up and running?
    After ten months we still are told Bengazi was over a YouTube video.
    IRS, DOJ, NSA ……. anyone?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    If only Ambassador Stevens had been gay …

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