I do not consider myself a political person. I have no interest in politics. I openly admit that I only vote so I can retain my right to complain. And, while I guess that does make me somewhat political, it’s as far as I go.
So last year the BC government, whoever they are, decided to adopt the HST, which is, as far as I can see, a federal-government ploy to ensure that the GST doesn’t ever go away. (I mean if you bury it deep enough under a new name and format, there ain’t no way that it is ever gonna get gone.) There was no consultation. The petitions to stop it were ignored. The government didn’t give a fig about what the people who elected them - and those who didn’t, but must still be represented anyway – had to say about the whole thing. All they were worried about was getting that 1.6 billion from the feds. One point six billion! Just so they could increase our taxes.
To appease us, they finally agreed to host a referendum on the subject, knowing full well that reversing the HST would be an unbearably costly undertaking. What? Give back the 1.6 billion? Let’s not even think about how much the ultimately useless referendum is going to cost us. Basically, what it comes down to is that, once again, they have us by the short and curlies. We’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t and those smug bastards are still going to get their stupidly huge pensions, go down in history, which they will write themselves in as the heroes, and pat each other’s backs for the good job they did.
I understand the necessity of taxes. I really do. I don’t begrudge doing my part to support the services that make this country a good place for everyone. I do, however, get a little cranky when the people elected to represent me use my hard-earned money in ways that are dubious, to say the least. Changing tax laws is not something that should be done without first making sure that the people who are paying them understand and agree to it.
Obviously, no one wants to pay higher taxes. But, honestly, if the government was more accountable and… well honest with us, we’d be more likely to be more open to such changes. They insist, though, on insulting our intelligence and taking advantage of their positions. I seriously think that it’s getting close to time to take up those pitch forks and torches and rid the proverbial village of the monster! This is simply unacceptable.