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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Where your taxes go: 9

Incentives to marry people from lower castes.

Many states already offer such incentives, to different degrees. The BBC report linked to above states:
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, which bears half the cost of the payment, has written to all the states asking them to standardise the minimum amount to $1,100.
I especially love the phrase, "which bears half the cost of payment." Dudes, we bear the entire cost of payment. And in this case, we do it for a deluded scheme that certainly won't work, and will take us all for a ride. People who marry for the money reduce their partner's worth to the $1,100 that we pay, and those who marry for love should do so anyway if their love is meaningful. And needless to say, the scheme will be riddled with fraud, often with the collusion of government employees.

(Earlier in the series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Also see: 1, 2.)
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