Yeah I know, the sky is about to fall in, if you listen to the big shots in business, in government, and the more well to do members of our society. However 55% of 1.6 Million British Columbians REJECTED their baseless arguments, and REJECTED the HARPER STEALING TAX. ( HST )
Many outside of BC, and even many within the Province, forget why it was an inevitable result. Like our American Cousins keep harping on, their Revolution was founded on UNFAIR TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. The HST was magically there one day, just weeks after a Provincial election.
Call me stupid, but those things just don’t happen in weeks, and we all know how devious Herr Harper is, so obviously he pulled a fast one, willingly aided by our Tipsy Premier Gordon Campbell.
What many forget too, is that the movement to reject this unfair tax, wasn’t aninitiative. In fact, their leader ( Carol James ) was pretty absent on the whole issue. In fact, the driving force behind the petition to repeal the HST, was led by former SOCIAL CREDIT Premier Bill Van Der Zalm.
Uh, a more Conservative political party than the old time Progressive Conservatives of Joe Clark and John Diefenbaker.
Secondly, the argument that the HST would create more jobs, would enhance business opportunities, is just plain FALSE. Housing was hit hard by the added tax, and so was the Restaurant Industry. One already reeling from the economic recession we were in. ( and frankly, still are in, despite Herr Harper’s proclamations to the contrary. )
Let us not forget, that this TAX of 12% was added to items, that previously were only taxed 5%. In fact, the pundits estimated that the HST would cost the average citizen over $700 in increased costs.
I suppose if you earn in excess of $100,000.00 what is an extra $700? Problem is, not everyone, not even a majority of people, earn that amount. I sure as fuck don’t, and you can bet many others don’t. So to US, that is a huge amount.
That is roughly ONE month’s of additional supplies that I need to purchase, to look after my 94 year old Mother. Things like depends so she is kept clean and dry from urine and feces. Rubber gloves so I don’t catch anything from her, and vice versa.
So yes, $700 is a rather large amount of cash to suddenly do without.
Thing is too, that we are losing our dream. I mean all who are working stiffs, who have a middle income, dream of being wealthy. After all, who doesn’t want to not worry about which bill to pay, or what to buy for dinner, that is within their means?
I’d love to shop and not worry about how I can afford it, or how I will pay for it. IF I want a new computer, I would love to just walk into a computer store, and tell them what I want, then simply pay for it, without worrying if the Hydro will be paid this month, or the cable.
That dream has been taken away from most of us, thanks to the Conservative policy of SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, or in reality, SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST ONLY.
We all want to be part of the HAVE’S. But let’s be honest, they need to pay their fair share, not less, as they do now. I wouldn’t mind paying more, if I had it to pay.
What I do object to, is having to pay more than my fair share, when I can’t afford it. I object to having to decide if I can afford an ice cream cone, or will that leave me short for purchasing her prescription cream, that isn’t covered by Pharmacare.
So to all those who think this was an emotional decision, yeah, it was. It was an emotional cry out, saying to Government, to all Political Parties, to STOP SCREWING US.
Further, don’t insult my intelligence, by claiming that this will cut social program spending. THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN CUT.
Truth is, it is time our so called Elected Leaders started to lead, and to remember, that we are the owners of this Country, not the few elite rich cats sitting on their luxury yachts eating Caviar all day.
Those who voted to REJECT THE HST aren’t idiots. We know that we have to pay back 1.6 billion, though frankly we should simply keep it, and tell Herr Harper to go F*CK HIMSELF. It was our money to begin with, which the supporters of the HST forget.
I would suggest that perhaps we should actually sit down, and look at our tax code, and start addressing the huge inequities in it, for the low income and middle class, before we are all wiped out. It is time to let the Uber Wealthy pay a bit more, after all, they are the ones who can afford it, without batting an eye.
I would suggest to theas well, to stop bitching, and start coming up with alternatives that make sense, instead of pointing fingers at the other guys.