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.
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