ROMNEY WORDSWORTH – Canadians today are now required to spend more of their earnings to pay their taxes than they have to spend to feed, clothe, and house themselves. A new study from the Fraser Institute confirms it as fact. This is one of the saddest lines to come out of a public policy report in a long time: “It is clear that taxes have become the most significant item in family budgets, and that taxes have grown more rapidly than any other single item.”
The 2016 edition of the Canadian Consumer Tax Index, that the institute regularly compiles, doesn’t just look at income taxes. It tallies the total impact of all taxes including income, payroll, sales, liquor, fuel, and VAT, just to name a few. Canadian politicians have been adding to the list of taxes that Canadians have to pay for decades with no indication of ever stopping.
Total percentage of Canadian family income spent on taxes:
1961 – 33.5%
2015 – 42.4%
Increase in expenses since 1961 to 2015:
In 1961, the average Canadian family spent a third of their income on taxes and just over half on basic necessities like food and housing. Today Canadians pay just under half on taxes and a third on basic necessities. More of Canadian citizens’ money now goes to the government than it does to themselves for food, clothing and housing.
In 1961, the average Canadian family spent $1,675 in taxes and $1,259 for food. Today Canadians pay $9,374 for food and the tax portion has skyrocketed to $34,154.
So, what do Canadians get for all those taxes they pay? Do they get a great free health care system? No, they do not. Although the Canadian government spends enormous time and money on Public Relations for its government run healthcare system, the truth is that it is beset by horrendous wait times, for everything, leading to rampant denial of care horror stories.
Such as those related by David Gratzer, a Canadian health care professional, speaking from his view inside the system:
“My health-care prejudices crumbled not in the classroom but on the way to one. On a subzero Winnipeg morning in 1997, I cut across the hospital emergency room to shave a few minutes off my frigid commute. Swinging open the door, I stepped into a nightmare: the ER overflowed with elderly people on stretchers, waiting for admission. Some, it turned out, had waited five days. The air stank with sweat and urine. Right then, I began to reconsider everything that I thought I knew about Canadian health care. I soon discovered that the problems went well beyond overcrowded ERs. Patients had to wait for practically any diagnostic test or procedure, such as the man with persistent pain from a hernia operation whom we referred to a pain clinic—with a three-year wait list; or the woman needing a sleep study to diagnose what seemed like sleep apnea, who faced a two-year delay; or the woman with breast cancer who needed to wait four months for radiation therapy, when the standard of care was four weeks.”
Do Canadians get a great national defense for their tax dollars? Hardly. Canada is the Ritchie Cunningham of the world stage. Their foreign policy boils down to: We’re nice. So please don’t hurt us. Or our friend Fonzie (i.e., the United States) will beat you up. I have known many Canadians in my lifetime. Every one of them suffered from an inferiority complex over the United States. Canadians love to hate the U.S. because we outperform Canada in nearly everything. Canada depends on the U.S. economically and militarily. They hate themselves for being so dependent, and take it out on Americans accordingly.
What Canadians do get for their unprecedented tax bill is….Loads of freeloading Muslim migrants, imported by the ever virtue signaling petit prince Justin Trudeau…because, after all, it IS 2016, which is his entire rationale for everything he does.
For their troubles, Canadians had a nightclub in Calgary, the Ten X Nightclub, shot up by a Jihadi in January of this year. A 38 year old Canadian was shot and was taken to the hospital, where he doubtless waited for hours in the ER to be treated.
A new Islamic State manual tells Muslims in the West: “A nightclub, because of the loud music, the drunk people and the crowd, could actually be a good location to secretly discuss the details of an operation.” As well as to carry out an operation. And then the government and media will use the Muslims’ presence in the nightclub as evidence that they weren’t really Muslims at all. Or, if it was a gay nightclub like the one in Orlando, circulate rumors that the Jihadis were really gay.
Canada is the typical socialist welfare state. High taxes with nothing to show for it, lost to government waste, fraud, and abuse.