In my latest National Post column I argue for trying the best imaginable government welfare system, the Negative Income Tax, in order to learn the bitter lesson that government welfare doesn’t fail when money doesn’t reach the intended beneficiaries but when it does reach them.
Just kidding. Yes, the Fraser Institute’s annual calculation reveals that June 10 is indeed Tax Freedom Day this year. But we’re nearly halfway through this year and this magnificent event is a day later than last year.
I’m constantly hearing how some heartless administration has slashed this, gutted that, neoliberalism is rampant, Occupy is protesting, we need a national strategy, it’s time to restore our faith in government and so on. Then you turn around and find the blob hasn’t gotten any smaller.
Maybe it’s time some conservative party in power somewhere actually, you know, made government smaller the way we keep hearing that conservatives do.
Read Andrew Coyne in today’s Postmedia papers on the Alberta election, especially the 2nd half where he argues persuasively that across Canada “part of the reason the left is winning is that it is the only side showing up.”
Sad because true.
My latest for the IRPP asks re the new Liberal tax policy how our expectations for clarity and fairness have sunk so low.
My latest for the National Post holds up a mirror on the mess that is modern government budgeting.