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Michael F Smyth
Brisbane, Queensland
Perpetual Sceptic
Interests: History, Politics, Theology
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I love how so many of the comments on the RS page are tearing that article a new figurative orifice. Notwithstanding the egregious grammatical errors in that article, there are so many problems with it that I only have time to outline a few... The author of the article talks about the evils of "part-time grunt work", but then contradicts himself by clamouring for "guaranteeing work for everyone". With a totally developed economy, full employment will require some people to forgo full-time employment. Part-time employment isn't so bad, as long as people live within their means. In fact, part-time employment allows for greater flexibility and an improved work-life balance. The second point - Social Security for all - is blown out of the water simply by referring to the great Baroness Thatcher's comment about socialism above. "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." Putting Thatcher aside for a moment, how are you going to get enough money to bankroll such a ubiquitous welfare regime? If it could have been done, it would have been done already - but it can't. The third point, is so disgusting that I'm appalled that leftards and progressives still cling to the absurd notion that private property is immoral. Point four, refer above, but to be clear, point four does not acknowledge Enterprise in any way, shape or form - in fact, the entire article disregards the idea of enterprise altogether, but then if socialists understood economics, then they wouldn't be socialists. Point five is the only point that might hold water, in an ideal world, but there is also the problem of what happens when the revenue of state taxes dry up? When you run out of income, you have to shut down your venture. With the huge financial burden on the State providing for universal welfare, universal subsistence wages, etc., you'll run out of taxpayers paying taxes, and then your revenues will dry up. The only way to fix that problem is to cut the subsistence wages for everyone, and you end up just like Soviet Russia after all. *slow clap*
Where exactly in either the article, or the comments on this thread, is a reference to shutting down anything, Oscar?
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on Why we need a flat rate of Tax at Menzies House
"Freedom cannot exist where the people are overtaxed and overregulated" - Thomas Jefferson. So, John, reducing taxation to a flat rate is unfair, is it? What's wrong with treating people the same?
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on Why we need a flat rate of Tax at Menzies House
I like the idea of a flat tax, but I fear that many people will still find ways to avoid paying tax, even if you reduce it to a flat rate. Another issue - to play Devil's Advocate - is whether reducing Income Taxation to a flat rate would require an offset through increased indirect taxation (e.g. GST). While we could enjoy a boom as a result of reduced tax burden, until we get rid of the Greens-Labor deficit, a whole lot more taxation reform is required to restore equity to taxation, and to society in general.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on Why we need a flat rate of Tax at Menzies House
Snowden is no hero. He's a self-righteous little prat who let good intentions deceive him into jeopardising International Relations the world over. Should he be charged for breaking the law? That's a matter for the Americans to decide, but if I were in America, knowing that he signed several confidentiality agreements with the NSA and the government, I'd probably be arguing that he should be jailed for a few years.
Actually, the experiment I refer to has nothing to do with acidification levels in the ocean, but more testing of what impacts CO2 have. The site link you provided doesn't talk about the Antarctic, but feel free to keep on throwing furphees around, don't let me stop you.
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