The power goes out with the slightest weather. Water mains burst with regularity. Our roads are a rutted mess, here in Toronto the Gardiner rains concrete on those below....
Our hospitals are overcrowded, under staffed and
filthy. We send kids to school to be educated in mold infested portables, the quality of that education is determined by the ability of parents to
All this the consequence of our fetish for low taxes. If we continue down
this road there will be no need to bomb us back into the stone age as
Bush famously promised to do to the Iraqis, we will go there by our own
We are long past due for some sanity when it comes to taxation We can no
longer pretend that we can have it all, low taxes and quality services.
Taxes must go up, there is no other option
However it needn't be painful for instance it is estimated that we spend
upwards of a hundred billion a year on boutique tax expenditures such as
credits for sports equipment, dance lessons and Harper's gawd awful income
While some are useful many are not, surely if we were to review these expenditures we could find a few billion. Bringing back true
progressively to our income tax regime, some more much needed revenue
Corporations are grossly under taxed and sitting on hundreds of billions
gifted them through massive tax cuts, surely they can pay more. A robin
hood tax could with little pain raise more revenue, capital gains
taxed as income more yet.
There are many more ideas out there, we just need to show some sense,
grow up and start to make the decisions necessary to build a society we
would be proud to leave our children
If we don't change course and soon, we will wake up one day to find we
no longer live in a modern society but one where everyone fends for
We are nearly there now.