Friday, January 28, 2011

Time for a Tax Winge

Well not by me, New Ltd mostly...
Honestly this is a pretty good move, I'd even be pro moving it down the scale a little if need be to reduce the rate. The Queensland floods are an incredibly destructive natural disaster, and this is exactly the sort of thing Govenment should be paying for with our Tax dollars. If the Floods in Northern Victoria had have been threatening Melbourne like the ones up north did Brisbane; I'm sure Herald Sun readers would be the first demanding the Fed spend any and all money to save them and repair their homes.
This is an example of the increasingly American (US American) attitude to Taxation that crept into our country during the Howard years. Taxation is supposed to finance government so that they can care for the Commons, and disaster relief falls under the concept of the "Commons". But no, any one off Tax increase is a "Slog to working Families", they will be two, TWO slabs of VB short over the next twelve months as a result. Of course what the good Murdoch boys don't mention is that any increase to Farmer's reconstruction costs will get passed to working families via increased price of goods; so a small subsidy by tax payers is not a bad thing in that light...
The second point being made by wingers is that it punishes those who have already given. This is not just silly, but dishonest as charitable donations are Tax deductible in this country so that will all balance out so long as you gave more than $2.

Sigh...