The great Minitrue in the sky cracked a big smile when the Vancouver Sun joined the Liars Club yesterday, to stand side by side with Christy Clark Liberals.
What else can you say when you open the Sun to an editorial that urges citizens to vote to retain the HST and headlines it “A Chance to Vote for Lower Taxes”.
Does the Sun editorial make a single argument backing that claim?
Because there isn’t one.
A vote for the HST is a vote to raise taxes. It’s a vote to raise consumption taxes, the least fair taxes, in order to give business a $2 billion break.
Here’s the truth. A 10% HST with all the tweets and twits Christy Clark and the BC Liberals promise still generates hundreds of millions more dollars than the old GST/PST combo.
The Report of the Independent Panel makes it very clear why that’s the case.
As they note, under the HST: “17 per cent of your spending has an extra seven per cent sales tax, 29 per cent of your spending is subject to the same total sales taxes as before.”
Or to put it another way under the HST more than a third of the average BC consumer‘s taxable spending costs more because of the HST tax increase.
That’s where the magic money comes from: more things are taxed and more things are taxed more.
Clark’s new tweets don’t change that basic math.
When you read or hear someone, especially someone in lockstep with the BC Liberals, tell you a no vote is a vote against higher taxes – like the Sun editors or the BC Business Council or the Board of Trade – stick that on top of the big pile of lies that is the BC Liberal record on the HST.
And never trust them again.
Too Funny Update: Did you see the Sun’s front page headline today? “Noble in defeat”.
Do you think it’s a bad idea to be writing headlines before the news happens?