A Slate.com columnist says that childless Americans should pay higher taxes.

“Who should pay more? Nonparents who earn more than the median household income, just a shade above $51,000. By shifting the tax burden from parents to nonparents, we will help give America’s children a better start in life, and we will help correct a simple injustice,” Reihan Salam said in an article on Slate.com.

Alison Howard, of Concerned Women for America, and Democratic strategist Zerlina Maxwell discussed the controversial topic this morning on "Fox and Friends."

Howard said the issue isn’t about shifting the tax burden but about lowering taxes for everyone. She questioned whether it’s really fair to punish and tax people who are not having children whether they choose not to or physically can’t.

“I’d like to remind [Salam], anyone is welcome to send in a check to the U.S. Treasury if they think they’re not paying enough taxes,” Howard said.

Maxwell said she believes that the U.S. should be taxing “the 1 percent” a bit higher to help children and families. She said the success of children and families helps everyone.

“That’s patriotic, that’s American,” Maxwell said.

Watch the full debate above.

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