The Globe and Mail loves higher taxes

- January 6th, 2013

A friend sent a strange article to me from Saturday’s Globe.

Globe loves taxes

The paper then goes on to quote a bunch of people who say they want higher taxes so that the conclusion inevitably becomes we are all going to love higher taxes this year.  No, what the Globe has done here is interviewed a bunch of leftists who have always loved high taxes and claimed that the times they are a changin.

To be fair the piece does include some neutral comments from economist Don Drummond and a couple of comments in opposition to higher taxes from Finn Poschmann, VP of the C.D. Howe Institute which the Globe brands “a conservative think tank.”

It’s not that I completely disagree with the description of C.D. Howe, to the Globe I am sure that in calling for some form of fiscal responsibility that the institute seems incredibly conservative but how have they described the other groups advocating higher taxes.

A casual reader of the Globe would think all the other people just want higher taxes because that’s the right thing to do, not because they have “ideology.” That after all is for “conservative think tanks.”

From the socialist president of France to pro-tax leftist groups in the States and Britain, everyone else just wants higher taxes because it’s the groovy thing to do man, it is the zeitgeist.

I laugh when people claim the Globe is part of the conservative media, this is just reason #3568.

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5 comments

  1. Rick says:

    As long as $ is being pissed away, the lefties are happy. They couldn’t care less if we’re getting value or not, the main thing is as long as it’s going down the drain, they’re happy.

  2. Les Irvine says:

    Canadians want higher taxes…Really! Why doesn’t the government tax these latte sucking, Mecedes driving lefties double. That should fill our coffers just like Obama did to the rich (Who invest their money into new ventures) Whereas the lefties don’t invest in anything and want government to run all facets of our lives.

  3. Dale Mullen says:

    It seems those people/groups calling for higher taxes often are heavily weighted with individuals who manage to extract far more from the system then they ever contributed.
    Personally, I’m in favour of a government which endeavors to reduce spending and not raise taxes. I suggest a simple test for government spending: Will the expenditures benefit or potentially benefit the majority of Canadians? If so, then the spending ‘might’ be justified. Examples might include infrastructure, armed forces and police services, medical services, education, and so forth.
    The list of services which could easily be trimmed is far too long to mention but again the simple test suggested above could be applied to test their worth. If the program is solely for the gimme groups and other noisy self-centered groups in our society, then the answer is simple. Let these special interest groups pay for their own self-interests and get ‘their hands out of our pockets’.

  4. BobC says:

    The level of government and the size of its spending creeps ever upwards. Every year more government employees get on the payroll and the government departments get more money to spend. I think it is futile to talk about constraining government. The only two methods worth discussing are the “starve the beast” method and the “lop it off” method.

    Starving the beast would require a similarly large and powerful organization that could withhold funding that would be responsible for enforcing budgets. There would be one simple rule: budgets decrease ever year until the deficit is gone and then continue to drop until the cost of all levels of government is about 10% of GDP.

    The Lop it Off method would be even simpler: Get rid of the federal government completely and let the provinces form a commonwealth of countries that share the cost of national defence.

  5. Constantin says:

    God forbid Justin Trudeau gets hold off this article! Stop talking about it now, or face the consequences of its effect on Mr. Trudeau’s “thought processes”.
    I am afraid I may lose sleep over this creepy image in my mind of a petition signed by thousands of government bureaucrats demanding to be taxed more. And yet, there might be something to it. How about we start an on-line petition, just for fun? We’ll call it: “The Buffett patriot squad – tax me more ultimate act of selflesness”. To encourage selflessness, we would confer a recycled paper medal with the inscription “Taxation Patriot” to all petitioners who voluntarily request to be personally taxed at 75% or more of their income, at the end of the first year when actually taxed at that level.

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