GST and PST: Ouch

Over the course of any month, through the magic of e-mail, I get a great number of interesting and often comical things sent to me from readers  local, national and international.

Some are really interesting and some are humorous candidates for what I affectionately refer to as File 13, my delete button, or consequently  my paper shredder.

The following was one of those until I realized the actual truth in what was being pointed out. It goes such as so:

Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table at which he is fed.

Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway.

Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways to tax his ass.

Tax all he has then let him know, that you won’t be done till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers: then tax him some more. Tax him till he’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave. Tax the sod in which he’s laid.

When he has gone do not relax. It’s time to apply the inheritance tax.

Accounts receivable Tax, airline surcharge tax. Airline fuel Tax, Airport maintenance Tax.

Building permit Tax, Cigarette Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Death Tax.

Dog License Tax, Driving Permit Tax, Environmental Tax (Fee) Excise Taxes. Federal Unemployment (UI), Fishing License Tax, Food license Tax.

Gasoline Tax (too much per litre – I’m from the old school when it retailed for 28 cents for an imperial gallon). Gross receipts Tax, Health Tax, Hunting license Tax,   Interest Tax, Liquor Tax, Luxury Taxes, Hydro Tax. And don’t forget the debt retirement  tax on each and every one of your hydro bills.

Marriage License Tax, Medicare Tax, Mortgage Tax. Personal Income Tax, Property Tax, Poverty Tax.

Prescription Drug Tax, Provincial income Tax and sales Tax. Real Estate Tax. Recreational vehicle Tax, Retail Sales tax. Service charge Tax, School Tax, Telephone Federal, provincial and Local Surcharge taxes.

Telephone minimum usage surcharge Tax, Vehicle License registration Tax. Well permit tax, Workers Compensation Tax –  and in 2010 the HST.

Although this was sent to me in humour I can no longer see any humour within it. Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago. And our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had a large middle class and mom was able to stay home and raise a large family of kids.

What happened? Does the word  P-O-L-I-T-I-C-I-A-N-S ring a bell with you? Do you not think it is time to get off of your butt on the next election date and vote for one who shows a little ability to think, other than, side-track grandstanding while lining the pockets of those who mill in what can be least explained as the likeness of legal mafia circles?

Do you think it not food for thought?

Take care, ‘cause we care.


Barrie Hopkins