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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Yes, They Even Tax Carparks. Best Way to Stop Christchurch Rebuild? Tax It.

[Interview with a typical CBD employer.]


So, I’m a little business operating in the CBD, offering consultancy services. I’m struggling because it’s tough out there. I’m reliant on a skilled workforce, and in New Zealand I’m competing with the whole of Australia for good employees who are productive and generate business.

There’s a problem though. Parking. I’ve actually lost employees in the past because the cost, and as importantly, inconvenience of finding parking in the CBD, was prohibitive on the first part, and oftentimes impossible on the second part, some employees taking up to half an hour sorting out parking arrangements, and being financially much worse off by the time they find parking from their wages, than their friends who telework from home or work in the burbs.

So, at great expense, I secure conveniently placed carparks for my employees use.

And because I’ve done that, on top of the wages I can barely afford to pay, my business has to front up to government with a fringe benefit tax on behalf of my employees, on the value of the carpark I've provided them, and already paid for, once.

Mr Dunne calls this fair. But my business, already tough, just got harder. And I sit and wonder why he 'doesn't get it?'

...  I’ve promised myself to use seemly language on my blog – it’s just a personal principle - so I can’t tell you what I’d call it. Although fair certainly doesn't cut the red tape on this one, either.

And regarding the Christchurch CBD rebuild, well, if you were a business, here’s another nail in why you wouldn’t want to. Because if you want to stop something, tax it. Works every time. It's the mathematics of the real world.

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