With the budget ...er sorry, Economic Action Plan 2013 due to be introduced this week it may be time to ponder a few numbers.
The GST cut 12 - 13 billion dollars annually: A tax cut that went against the advice of nearly every credible economist in the land, however Harper chose instead to listen only to the least credible one, himself
Corporate tax cuts valued at an approximate 60 billion annually: Perhaps Harper's most proud accomplishment, designed we are told ad nauseum to create investment and jobs. Sadly tis not so, what with corporations sitting on some 600 billion in cash reserves, refusing to invest in the economy or create jobs, well at least jobs for Canadians anyways.
Boutique tax credits worth more than 100 billion dollars annually: These are the Harper government's favourite form of vote buying.Targeted mainly at middle class suburban voters, 50 dollars here, a hundred there as you see can add up to a huge sum. While some of these may be useful many are not and are in fact quite regressive in that they are available only to those with the means to take advantage, the poor need not apply.
Federal budget deficit currently at an estimated 26 - 28 billion dollars: Something Harper and Flaherty have steadfastly promised to wipe out by 2015, the year of the next election. This is vital to the Conservatives as they have tied their most wildly expensive boutique tax expenditure ( Income Splitting) to it's elimination. No way will they go into the next election not having delivered on this promise
The Conservatives have ruled out raising taxes as a tool for deficit cutting choosing only to focus on service and job cuts to achieve their goal, yet looking at these numbers it is apparent that the raising of taxes and the elimination of some of these boutique credits is the way to go, not only to eliminate the deficit but to raise funds for investment in the economy, you know things like education and infrastructure, stuff that actually grows the economy and creates jobs.
But then that doesn't fit into the plan to shrink government to the point it becomes entirely irrelevant to Canadians, eliminating the last vestige of resistance to the outright privatization of government itself.