You have to laugh.
I’ve been posting in recent days about an imaginary ‘Party X’ committed to more freedom and less government. Indeed, if you scour the National Party constitution, under all the dust you’d even find such a commitment written there.
Just as you’d find a firm commitment from that that same team before the last election for “an ongoing series of personal tax cuts” delivering “about $50 a week to workers on average wage”—a “tax cut programme [that] will not require any additional borrowing.” And no increases in GST, to boot.
They lied to you then like they always do.
Instead of more freedom and less government we’ve seen the opposite. And instead of delivering tax cuts of about $50 a week with no new borrowing, we’ve seen lots of the latter and very little of the former—much borrowing, derisory tax snips, and and a whole raft of tax increases and new taxes, from rises in Roger Douglas’s GST on everything, to increases on ACC levies, to increases in excise tax on everything enjoyable, to the introduction of Nick Smith’s ETS taxes on fuel and power.
And to top it off, we now have Steven Joyce wanting to whack motorists with a new tax to pay for his favourite form of stimulunacy: oodles more taxes to spend $36 billion building more roads.
Because the govt isn’t already taking enough out of your pocket to do the things he wants it to do.
Sod off Steven.