|March 26, 1999||Volume 6, Number 13|
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Revenue Canada's parking lot tax grab is preventable
Re: "Revenue Canada audit of campus parking issue continues" (March 12 OCN): Taxing a parking stall because somewhere else people are over-charged for a similar unit is absurd. It would be far more reasonable that people who need a rented parking space be allowed to deduct that cost from their taxable income as a legitimate expense.
I won't discuss the fact that 'income tax' as it exists today has been illegal in Canada for the last 80 years it's been collected or that it's voluntary but is extorted by means that make the Mafia's methods seem gentle.
Rather, I look at the Boston Tea Party, where British colonists rebelled over the implementation of a 3% tax on tea, thereby igniting the American Revolution.
The only reason Revenue Canada gets away with its continually escalating rate of extortion is because we, as taxpayers allow it. If we, en masse, simply did not file income tax and all Canadian employers refused to aid and abet Revenue Canada's rape of our legitimate income by serving as its collection agents, our government at all levels would be forced to operate responsibly and in everyone's best interests.
Considering the number of people who work directly for the government in jobs that produce nothing but headaches for the rest of us and guaranteed jobs for themselves, you have to wonder how much better off our country would be if they were forced to do something useful. Their income in real jobs created by a positive economy would become a credit notation on the Gross National Product ledger instead of a debit. The national debt would evaporate and we would work for ourselves instead of giving a faceless bureaucracy two thirds to three quarters of our income. If our user-pay fees amounted to half of our current taxes, our disposable income would be the equivalent of having our incomes more than doubled!
As long as we allow our government control over our lives, it will take it and use it to the extent that we allow.
- Don Meister
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