Can I Get An Amen For Lower Taxes?
Gather round brothers and sisters for I have had an epiphany. I have been given an idea whispered in my ear by God himself and I believe it will not only revolutionize politics and our governments for the better but will save taxpayers an enormous amount of money.
Harken unto me and I shalt give thee context for the revelation that was laid before me.
The new provincial Liberal government of New Brunswick has just tabled its first fiscal budget. It is raising taxes to try and clean up the mess left by the previous government that raised taxes to try and offset the mess it inherited.
The new provincial Liberal government of Quebec tabled its first budget last December and it too raised taxes to try and deal with the mess left by the former PQ government which raised taxes to try and clean up the shortfall left by the Liberal government that preceded it.
In Ontario, the current Liberal government is raising taxes to address the fiscal mess left by the previous three Liberal governments which is pretty much like what is happening in Alberta where the conservative government is raising taxes to deal with the financial mess left by a gaggle of preceding Conservative governments.
Federally, the Conservative government is actually lowering taxes but it is an election year and politicians reverse course as an election draws closer. The Conservatives inherited an annual budget surplus and promptly turned it into a budget deficit over the past nine years racking up $160+ billion in new debt along the way. They haven’t actually balanced the books but, as I mentioned, it’s an election year so they’re reducing taxes anyway.
Do you see a pattern emerging here?
I must confess that I hadn’t until now but once God lifts the veil from your eyes the road forward becomes clear.
Regardless of what they say, political parties all operate the same way once elected to government. They spend carelessly and raise taxes. There is only one exception to this rule and it has nothing to do with which party is in power.
The only time they don’t raise taxes is during an election year and that is what God revealed to me.
Hallelujah! I was like Saul on the road to Damascus saved by the blinding light of truth.
The solution, my friends, is to hold annual fixed elections. If we keep politicians in semi-perpetual election mode a) they won’t have time to waste our money and b) they’ll keep reducing taxes, or at least avoid tax increases, in order to get re-elected.
Sure, elections cost money but it’s a pittance compared to what gets spent by politicians once they’re in office. We could hold car washes and bake sales to help offset the cost of annual elections. Think of the fellowship we would share as we come together to sell our pastries at Election Funding Fairs across the country or weekend car washes at the local Legion where the beer is cheap.
It would also give Elections Canada something to do every year beyond investigating fraud from the previous election and answering questions from Parliamentary committees.
If politicians knew that their jobs were up for annual review, I believe they would be a lot more careful about how they perform those jobs. It might take a couple of elections for the message to sink in with some of them, of course, even a frequent dose of crack cocaine couldn’t sharpen some of them up. I know this because it was tried on former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and look what that got Canada’s largest city.
Eventually though, I believe even the densest among them would start to get it. Increase taxes this year – lose your job next year.
Who knows, they might even start to rationalize government expense and focus it on core essential services instead of using tax revenues as a slush fund at election time to try and buy their way out of being held accountable for the mismanagement and waste of the preceding three years.
There are still some kinks to work out of the idea, of course, but I am a true believer now and think it has some merit. Certainly it has more merit than increasing family tax breaks to the tune of $8 billion when that money is the result of more government borrowing. The young children whose parents are going to get a tax break now will be paying for that tax break for years after they graduate from school and start working.
That isn’t really a tax break – it’s a tax deferral that transfers the debt to someone else to pay with increased taxes sometime in the future.
God knows we’ve tried to elect responsible people who make promises of accountability, transparency and sound fiscal management but where are they once they’re elected? No matter who it is, no matter what party they represent, once they’re elected they are transformed into pretty much what we just threw out of office. I believe it is because they know they have four years in office ahead of them so they do what the like for three years and pander to us for one in order to get re-elected.
So, I think if we just cut out those three years and got straight to the pandering every year – we’d be in a lot better shape.
Brothers and sisters! Can I get an Amen?
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