Taxes never go down. They only go up as the price of goods and services go up. Sure some governments in the past have played games and slashed services or cut a tax here or there, but in the end what goes out of our pockets one way or the other at the end of the day is usually more than less.
When the Harper Government cut the GST you had to know something was going to give somewhere. Add in what could be a Depression along with rising costs and soaring deficits, and the bottom line is that governments need more money and where else are they going to get it but from us?
So the options are cutting services or raising taxes. Which taxes to raise? Income tax? Well the rich usually find away around those; same for corporate taxes. That comes down to consumption taxes which bring in the most cold hard cash for the Government.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’d rather see Draconian reform as I personally feel that at least 25 cents out of every dollar the government spends is wasted or mispent.
I won’t even go to medicare which I think our society is being grossly abused by the medical and drug system; but looking at the pragmatic picture today I prefer seeing the HST than income or property taxes going up. Those that spend more will pay more, and more cash will be netted to the government.
The government will need some way to pay for all those extra Welfare and Disability claims from people not having jobs because of the way that our economy is being allowed to collapse.
And maybe, just maybe, there’ll be less paperwork and grief for few small businesses that survive.
Sometimes you have to rip something down and rebuild it. We don’t do that in society. We just tax things to pay to keep them going. If you want change you have to make it happen.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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