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Monday, September 29, 2008
More policy semantics
Today the Tories reminded us - yet again - that elections are all about semantics.
According to some political parties, spending increases are conservative, so long as you call them tax breaks. As far as I'm concerned, tax cuts come when you get to keep your money - not when you file the right paperwork and the government sends you some of the money they've collected over the past year.
But even if you accept that this is a tax cut by some stretch, if you judge taxes on a relative scale, which you should in many (though not all) cases, you ought to be able to see why this isn't what we should want from our best shot, at this time anyway, at a mainstream small-government party. We don't need governments picking and choosing which citizens it prefers over others.
Call it politically expedient if you must, but please, don't call it a free market friendly or small government policy.
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If you think that we are ever going to get any kind of a tax break from any government your dreaming. They will never relinquish one little bit of tax control over your life...not one bit.
And that's what it is, control.
Posted by: JC | 2008-09-30 6:52:29 AM
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