Is Obama Waging War on Stay-at-Home Moms?A tax proposal in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address led to a pundit debate over whether government does, or should, give preference to stay-at-home versus work-outside-home parents. The debate itself is a helpful illustration of the different views conservatives and liberals hold about government. Among his several tax reform proposals, Obama argued for a $500 “second earner tax credit” for dual-income couples, in order to, according to the White House website, “help cover the additional costs faced by families in which both spouses work.” All the pundits engaged in the debate over this proposal acknowledge that the proposal itself has no chance of passage, given that Congress is controlled by Republicans. And the proposal is a small one (relative to the federal budget) to begin with. So the debate has mostly been about what the proposal itself says about Obama’s priorities. Since stay-at-home parents would not have the same tax credit, conservative Washington Examiner columnist Timothy Carney argued that Obama’s proposal demonstrates that “he values working parents more than stay-at-home parents.” Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, made a similar point.  “The president’s plan favors one model of combining work and family to the exclusion of other models. It offers tax relief only to families that fit a progressive model, and no tax relief to traditional families with young children and a mother at home,” he said. (Side note: The Census Bureau released a report this week showing that only 15 percent of American children had a stay-at-home mother and 0.6 percent had a stay-at-home father in 2014.) More