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Offline Omni

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Re: Ontario Government of Doug Ford
« Reply #210 on: December 14, 2018, 12:22:40 pm »
That you would lay the blame for the Left's fiscal mismanagement on conservatives 'cutting benefits to the poor' is laughably one-sided.

The only reason conservatives cut services is because liberals run up deficits to buy votes. And since most of the services government spends on (which it has the ability to cut) are for the poor, or various forms of income redistribution, that does affect the poor. When Chretien fought the deficit he did so by slashing social transfer funds, which disproportionately impacted the poor. There is no way to cut government spending without disproportionately impacting the poor.

I am not poor. I benefit from precisely ZERO government programs or subsidies. The federal and provincial governments could disappear tomorrow and I wouldn't even notice. The only way they impact me is by raising my taxes, which has happened frequently under the Liberals in both Ottawa and Toronto. But generally* once the Tories get in the Liberals have run the economy into the ground, and there's little room left to raise taxes. If Trudeau gets elected again next year, as is likely, then by the time the Tories do get in we can expect to have an even more massive debt load, higher taxes, and an economy in tatters. So again, they'll have to cut services, and that will impact the poor a lot more than me.

*The exception being Chretien. That, though, was an exceptional circumstance. Having no vision, and no interest in helping people, Chretien withheld spending as long as the right was divided. You see, Liberals only spend money to buy votes, and he had no need to do so. Thus when Harper took over there was no need to slash spending 'on the poor'. In fact, according to the PBO Harper's government made a series of progressive tax changes which disproportionately benefited the poor at the expense of the rich.

According to the PBO Harper did exactly the opposite of what you suggest.

According to estimates by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), the tax cuts implemented by the Harper government from 2005 to 2013 result in an annual loss to the federal government of $17.1 billion of personal income taxes, $13.3 billion of GST revenues and $13 billion in corporate income taxes for a total annual revenue loss of $43.5 billion. And this does not include all of the tax changes made by the Conservative government over this period, or others made since.

However, these cuts alone mean that the federal government now has $44 billion less each year to deal with issues such as rising health care and post-secondary education costs, funding for early childhood education, education in First Nations communities, poverty reduction, replacement of decaying infrastructure, meat and railway inspectors, affordable housing, improving water supply and so on.
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