As we coming to Election Day I reflect on what I’ve learned during the campaign. There has been no shortage of rhetoric, no shortage of messages of “hope” or “despair” or “fear”. No shortages really of any message concerning any vague promise that the public might buy into. To be sure, there have also been plenty of specifics. There have been detailed examinations of how this handout or that will benefit one special interest group or another.
I grow weary of the election. I’m glad election day is upon us and, for a while, we can put this all behind us. Yet even as I grow weary… no, I’ll get to that later. 🙂
Election 42 has taught me that single, mixed-race mothers of 2.3 kids, earning between $15.75 and $15.83 per hour, if they own a white puppy named “Temperance” will get a boutique tax credit. Pretty sure I saw that in one of the platforms, maybe even all of them.
What I didn’t see is any plan to fix the damned over-complicated tax code. Canadian tax law is the very definition of bloatware. What could be simple fair and equitable is, instead, complicated to the point of requiring specialists to navigate. Are we doing anything about it?
Instead, all parties offer to make it still worse. The more things “Change” the more they stay the same. You see a simple, clear, tax code would remove the politicians greatest weapon to use against voters. Tax measures to benefit one group over another set those groups in opposition over entitlements… to money earned by someone else. This is the politics of divisiveness. I’m entitled to your money more than you are. Politicians of all stripes do it, they don’t even try to hide it. Instead they wallow in it, pigs in a trough of our own complicity.
Have no doubt that a complicated tax code is a weapon. In fact, it is the worst weapon of all. The Canadian public is locked in a cage-match of “I want my share.” You had your share. Taxes took it, redistributed it and along the way… wasted a significant portion of it on the folks who manage the redistribution. A simpler tax code would mean you kept more, even as it freed up money for the spending the country wants done. The one thing a simpler tax code would not do is to make it possible for politicians to bribe us with our own money. There could be no more pandering for votes.
Elections would be fought on meaningful policy, not on who gets a ladle of largess from the public trough.
During the course of Election 42 we have found out, for those who did not already know, that funding of the Canadian Forces is at crisis levels. Let’s review which parties have said they will address this, and how:
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That’s right folks… nobody. A core responsibility of any Canadian Government and it is to be ignored, responsibility abdicated, by… everybody. There are no votes to be bought, so they won’t pay. This is the cost of our current system, gimme politics replaces responsibility. We pay lip service to “Peace, Order and Good Government.” We throw away Good Government, discard it in favour of beads tossed from a political platform. We fail to prepare for Peace because it can’t buy votes. We accomplish this by intentionally setting Disorder in how we collect necessary funds and use them.
So, what was it I almost revealed above? “Yet even as I grow weary…”
My hope for Election 42 results is…
Let Election 42 be the last small-minded election where we fight the old battles. Perhaps if we have a complete bollocks after such a long-fought election someone will step up and say “ENOUGH!” Perhaps someone will offer to overhaul how we manage our country.
Instead of offering to rule it.
In the meantime I’m opening a cupcake shop selling chocolate cupcakes with strawberry icing. The store will be on a street beginning with a vowel (avenues, boulevards, crescents, etc.. don’t count) and will have an odd numbered street address.
There’s got to be a tax credit for that.