No, I’m not actually endorsing this crazy tax grab, but it comes at a perfect time for me to illustrate the points raised in my last post, which resulted in a heated debate with the young Sith Lord, “Silas.”
This move by the BC Liberals manages to sum up All That is Wrong with our system in one fell swoop. I’m not an economist, and I’m not going to weigh in the theory behind the HST, although it certainly is a huge tax increase for average folks at a time when many are struggling to feed and house their families.
I’m more interested in the system that allows these things to happen. Over and over and over.
This move by the provinicial government could very well land itself in the history books, under the heading “Why the People finally Stopped Voting Altogether.”
It contains nearly all the elements that cause people to loathe politicians and to stop voting:
1. Lies, lies, lies. The Libs had to at least be considering implementing the HST prior to the last election, yet they acted as though they had never even heard of it until they day before they decided it would be so.
2. Complete and utter indifference to the will of the people. There hasn’t been this much unified opposition to an idea since New Coke. Yet Premier Campbell and his crew continue to pat us on the metaphorical head and tell us how good it will be for us.
3.Devious, conniving chicanery. A few classic tricks played on this one. First is the ol’ do something people don’t want immediately after the election and hope they forget about it before the next one trick. Unfortunately it often works. Since the people can’t do anything about it when it happens, they can only bang their heads for so long.
Second is the lesser known but still popular announce a decision that you know will be abhorred in the middle of summer, when many people are away from their TVs and radios trick. Didn’t seem to work this time.
4. Big fat pay raises. Unfortunately this one hasn’t happened yet, but there must be a connection. One can assume that once the new taxes start rolling in a raise of some kind will be in order.
5. Pandering to the rich/conspiracy theory. Seems like the only ones to benefit from this new tax are Big Business folks. Many big business folks support the Libs at election time. Coincidence?
Well there you go. No accounability=arrogance=HST .