Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Politicians Don’t Lie: Do they?

There are those who say politicians lie; surely this is not true? After all, they do boast the title of “right honorable” and “honorable.” And surely anyone who bears the title, “right honorable” and “honorable” would not lie? Here in B.C. there is a public outcry over the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), which will be brought in by the Campbell government in July 2010.The Province newspaper of July 28, 2009 said, “The [Campbell] Liberals provided written statements during the spring campaign to restaurant owners and home builders that they had ‘no plans’ to implement the controversial HST.”

Yet, Scampbell, oops, pardon me, I mean Campbell and his government after being re- elected, plan to bring in the HST. Some cynical people are calling this about face lying, but hey, “honorable” politicians do not lie, do they? In fact Campbell’s finance minister said this about the HST, "It was not on our radar before the election," (The Province, July 30, 2009.)

So there you have it, it just appeared on their “radar” after the election. Which raises the question, do they have faulty radar? Was there a malfunction of their equipment? Or is this just an excuse for stiffing the people with another tax? Still, politicians are “honorable” people, are they not, and they would not cheat or lie to the people, would they?

The politicians will be reaping a tax bonanza from this Hammer the Suckers Tax (HST). Just about every dollar people spend will be hammered with this tax. Some might call it political robbery by deceitful politicians, but hey, politicians are called “right honorable“ and “honorable,” therefore political banditry and deceiving the taxpayers are surely wrong words to use? After all, these are “honorable” members of the political class, and what really happened was a malfunction of their “radar.”

And talking about faulty “radar,” Premier Scampbell, oops, I mean Campbell, and his finance minister, appear to have miscalculated the deficit. The Vancouver Province of September 2, 2009 said, “Finance Minister Colin Hansen admitted Tuesday the 2009/10 Budget deficit will be $2.8 billion — five times greater than the $495-million projection in February that Premier Gordon Campbell claimed was a ‘maximum’ deficit during the May election campaign.”

Hey, an election campaign is all about good news. Hammer the Suckers Tax (HST) was not on the “radar” during the election and the deficit was only going to be a projected “$495-million.” Now it will be “$2.8billion.” Not to worry, Hammer the Suckers Tax (HST) will be a goldmine for Scampbell’s oops, I mean Campbell’s government. And during the next election, four years down the road, they will be boasting once again about how they managed your tax dollars. I wonder then if the people will realize at this time how much of their hard earned money was confiscated by these “right honorable” and “honorable” politicians and re-elect them one more time. After all, politicians don’t lie…do they?

Stephen. J. Gray
September 9, 2009.