Comment 48965

By realfreeenterpriser (registered) | Posted October 07, 2010 at 10:17:49

NoBenifits asked "Realfreeenterpriser, I agree with what you're saying. Is it then safe to assume that you will agree to pay more tax so that the government can afford to give me a pension and benefits, because right now they can't."

Yes, it is safe to assume that I'd agree to a more equitable taxation system where I might well have to pay more but many pension plans (like mine) are jointly funded by employees and employers not taxes.

In a civilized society everyone should have benefits and a decent pension. Those things cost money, however, and successive governments, most especially the Harrisites and the Harperites, have deliberately reduced taxes in what I believe is simply an effort to starve government precisely so that it will be powerless to do things that improve the lot of average citizens. Contrary to your assertion, the government CAN afford lots of things, witness the G8 this summer and the fact that Canada's current federal deficit is due largely to the reduction in the GST.

Balanced budgets are a function of expenditure AND revenue.

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