May 19, 2020, 10:19 am
Carolyn Tipler says
May 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm
Correct, certainly not the norm for many in our society – “Average Canadian Family” is still left with four times my yearly income
stefan cieslik says
May 19, 2020 at 12:38 pm
Despite what the Fraser Institute and US “Think Tanks” ($tink Tanks) have been saying for the last 50 years…. the truth is “Taxes are good”.
Progressive taxes on high income earners, have the goal and corresponding effect of reducing the burden on low income earners & improving income equality. Increases in income for the poor and economic equality reduces the inequality of educational attainment. Because of taxes Canadians enjoy our Universal health care system. Because of taxes we have all kinds of support for the unemployed, single mothers, welfare recipients, etc.
Bill Eggert says
May 20, 2020 at 12:25 pm
As yes, the eternal question. As always it is about balance. Taxes can be good and bad, but even more important is how those taxes are used. An obvious “bad” is when they are used to buy our votes. I still remember the 4 lanes highways to cottage country in the Gatineau. Classic vote buying. Propping up failing businesses is in there as well. Bombardier comes to mind. I don’t think the capitalist/socialist debate can be solved here. I think in Canada, despite what twinkle toes is doing at the moment, we have reached a pretty good balance. I fear this is all about to change with a $1trillion dollar deficit in sight.
With respect to all the “supports” listed above, Milton Friedman said it best. “Whenever you try to do good with someone else’s money you are committed to use force” Bring on the auditor’s!
Publisher: In this instance I am siding with a business view of taxes. Money made is invested in the economy which is good for all. Taxes are essential if used for essential services in demand from the electorate in a general way. I agree we see how tax money can wasted. People will say don’t apply for that grant – well if you don’t someone else will. Catch 22. Every government department should be reviewed for what could be cut rather than what can be expanded. There is some charm to zero based budgeting where spending must be justified not just rolled over year to year.
May 21, 2020 at 12:34 pm
The “Catch 22” exists only because the grant was available in the first place. The fact that there is a whole industry around applying for grants with companies specializing in making the applications is indicative of how bad it has become.
The part that grinds me the most is when a politician gets up and proudly announces that “he/she” has provided funds for whatever the give is. A thank you to the tax payer would be much more appropriate.
Ed Machial says
May 24, 2020 at 11:39 am
The truth is “taxes are good”…. spoken like a true socialist.
Taxes are a necessity to fund the well being of OUR nation, not the well being of other nations, and certainly not the well being of special interests.
Eleanor Moyer says
May 19, 2020 at 10:24 am
Is it okay to copy this onto my FB?
Publisher: sent to me by Fraser Institute – a group some love to hate – as it gives an alternative view to those that are entitled, super attenuated, – certainly not the norm in society – the under employed, seniors on fixed incomes etc.
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