|Canada’s dangerously distorted tax conversation
“Any reasonable discussion of taxes must take into account the public goods and services they buy. So why doesn’t ours?”
“The current conversation is a consequence of the neo-liberal economic policy that began to dominate American and British politics in the early 1980s, and emerged more slowly and subtly in Canada at around the same time. In this view, economic growth and individual freedom are best served by reducing government and its influence and letting the market do its work.“
I wholeheartedly agree with that last sentence – I guess I’m neo-liberal.
Although it is important to remember that taxes do pay for public goods and services (they are a necessary evil), it’s also important to remember how much waste there is by government and so bigger government inherently equals more waste.
As a follow-up: Canadians unlikely to turn in tax cheats
“A survey found more than half of Canadians (53 per cent) would not rat out someone they knew was cheating on their taxes to the Canada Revenue Agency according to a Leger survey conducted by H&R Block Canada. On the flipside, only 27 per cent said they were somewhat likely or very likely to report tax evasion.”