Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Thanks for giving me my Liberal tax cut

I am certainly not one to bemoan getting to keep some of my own money. Tax cuts are always welcome.

That being said, I certainly will not be calling Flaherty a hero for this anytime soon:

"In addition to cutting the GST by another percentage point, the Conservatives are proposing to cut personal income taxes retroactive to Jan. 1, 2007. The lowest marginal tax rate would fall to 15 per cent from 15.5 per cent. That represents a rollback of a rate hike implemented by the Conservatives last year."[emphasis mine]

Yes, that's right. I will finally get back the tax cut I had 2 years ago under Paul Martin, now that it is politically expedient to do so. Now that Flaherty and Harper can try to say its a "Conservative" tax cut instead of a "Liberal" one.

Considering the size of the recent surplus, I would be surprised if any party - even the NDP - would not have proposed some kind of tax cuts. So really this is not exactly a surprise.

So what are the Conservatives going to do about the "In and Out Scandal", come clean and be open and accountable, or continue waffling and stalling and pretending defrauding Canadian taxpayers out of millions in Election Canada refunds is ok?

Is the federal government going to continue a corporate welfare policy of subsidizing the oil and gas industry to the tune of about $1.3 billion per year, even while oil is above $90 a barrel (the highest is has ever been) and these companies continue to make record profits?

Is the federal government going to do something about the $7.9 billion in questionable, no-bid military contracts that started under its watch?

No, they are going to bribe us with our own money and seek the support of bigots in Quebec with the "Veiled Voter" nonsense. They'll continue to pass useless and unneeded changes to the Criminal law in a quest to curry populist favour with the ignorant.

And the Liberals will let them, because they are afraid to go to the polls, because they are afraid to raise real issue and pursue them.

You have the government you deserve.


A picture is worth a thousand words. Thnaks Zorph!

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