Saturday, April 29, 2006

The problem

You know you have a problem when you are spending more on taxes than you are on food and shelter.

"The average Canadian family spends $28,000 on taxes and just over $22,000 on those other expenditures," said Niels Veldhuis, senior research economist with the Fraser Institute.

15 comments:

R.S. Porter said...

Clearly we are not paying enough. It is obvious that we are a bunch of materialists; $22,000 is too much to spend upon ourselves.

With a little scrimping I think each Canadian can live with $8,000, thus leaving $42,000 for the government to spend—ever so wisely of course. With this gained $14,000 we could fund a new, larger gun registry, maybe even a handgun ban. Next we should prop up any and all industries which need help. After that we can see to funding the ever-efficient health system and maybe increase the subsided housing to include everyone. The last thing it could help would be guaranteed jobs, if the French want them, so do I!

Robert McClelland said...

The average Canadian family spends $28,000 on taxes

That's a pretty good bargain. You couldn't buy the services the government provides from the private sector for that little. I mean, private health insurance alone would eat up 25% or more of that $28k.

x2para said...

why not let the gov't have all our money, after all with more money they could, according to left wing flunkies, provide even more "pretty good bargains"

maryjane said...

Ah yes, right-wing propaganda from the tax-subsidized Fraser Institute brought to you courtesy of David Maclean and the CTF. inCredible.

R.S. Porter said...

Yeah damn those libertarians over at the Fraser Institution. I prefer my non-biased analysis from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

maryjane said...

rs porter.... the Fraser Institute should crank out their odious propaganda on their own dime, not with their hand in the public cookie jar.

R.S. Porter said...

What public money, exactly, are they taking?

maryjane said...

They cynically applied for and obscenely recieved charitable status a few years back.

R.S. Porter said...

Why should they be any different from any of the other organizations that do it?

David MacLean said...

I posted that just for you, Mary Jane.

David MacLean said...

Mary Jane, in a way I'm with you, and in a way I am not. In a way I would like to see all organizations play on a level playing field, and the state should have nothing to do with it. In a sense, I don't think the Fraser Institute should give out tax receipts.

At the same time, I think people should be encouraged to support organizations privately. I think voluntary charity is virtuous, and should be encouraged. And we can't be picking between which organizations we happen to agree with, and which ones we don't.

For the record, the CTF does NOT issue tax receipts, and that's on our web site.

We are federally incorporated non-profit organization.

maryjane said...

Because they should have the class and decency to practice what they preach. The essence of their propaganda is the virtue of the private sector and the evils of big government and the public sector. If they really feel that way, they should be the first ones off the gravy train.

maryjane said...

David... People should support organizations because they believe in what they do, not because there is a tax break at the end of the line. A spin tank, left or right,is not a charity.

R.S. Porter said...

A spin tank, left or right,is not a charity.

Economic advice is as much useful as a meal. And they do do some charitable work in addition to policy analysis. They are against big government that's why they don't take government money. There is a difference between having tax-deductible giving and being funded by the government.

Do you believe giving to political parties should be tax-deductible?

maryjane said...

Actually, r.s. there is no difference between a tax deduction and a subsidy, it all comes out of the same pile. The idea that economic advice is charity is laughable, as is the idea that the Fraser Inst. is dispensing advice. Their stock in trade is private good, public bad propaganda. Pure and simple.

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