Tax-Cut Mania

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

“I don’t believe any taxes are good taxes.” – Stephen Harper

Taxes = Government Revenue. The less taxes we pay, the less services we get. People have been brainwashed into believing that all taxes are bad. When a party announces tax cuts, everybody cheers.  Conversely, tax increases are seen as political suicide. No party or politician would even dream of making such a proposal. This is a death spiral.

Stephen Harper will blow $43 billion this year on tax giveaways.

Eugene Lang on Taxes (21:27) Audio

Interesting interview. Cuts in taxation levels had some positive effects in earlier years. Those positive effects became the ideological underpinning for a wave of propaganda that has set the tone for any sense of public discussion. Almost every political party has had to subscribe to the propaganda, because the public likes the notion of having a few more dollars in their pockets. The race to the bottom has had no positive effects, however, as demonstrated by unemployment levels, national deficits, need for private charity work, and aggressively increasing rates of income and wealth inequality. The propaganda is that if a little pancake syrup is good, then gallons of it must be better. A national conversation doesn’t happen during election campaigns. It happens when governments and private institutions foster genuine discussion and debate over national values. Canada hasn’t seen real national discussion/debate in decades. All we get these days is more propaganda. – Fred McTaggart

Alex Himelfarb: More Than a Four Letter Word  18:33 Video

Alex Himelfarb: Consequences of tax cuts  53:45 Video

Who Really Benefits from Canada’s Tax Giveaways?

Alex Himelfarb: Why we have no time for politics

The Race To The Trough: What Did Corporate Tax Cuts Deliver?