Written by John Vibes
A new study released by a Canadian think-tank called the Fraser Institute found that Canadians actually spend more money on taxes than they do on food, clothing and shelter combined. It is likely that this situation is not unique to Canada either, as most people throughout the world have roughly half of their income taken from them by the government that they live under.
According to the study, during 2013 the average Canadian family earned $77,381 and paid $32,369 in total taxes, over 40% of their total income. Meanwhile, they only spend 36% of their income on food, clothing and shelter combined.
Charles Lammam, of the Fraser Institute, is the study’s author, and he believes that these numbers are a reflection of how much taxes have increased in recent years.
“Over the past five decades, the total tax bill grew much faster than the cost of basic necessities, so now taxes eat up more income than any other single family expense. With more money going to the government, families have less to spend on things they care about, to save for education and retirement, and to pay down household debt,” Lammam said in an interview with CBC.
In reality, families should be able to invest 100% of their earnings in whatever they wish.
If there are certain public services or utilities that people find necessary then they would have no problem voluntarily contributing the money. Even if those projects didn’t benefit that individual directly, there is no doubt in my mind that people will be happy to contribute. Although our culture projects a pretty bleak concept of human nature, the vast majority of people are naturally good and care a great deal about their neighbors. Recent studies have even shown that compassion might be hard-wired into the human genome.
Reaffirming what Einstein articulately stated a long time ago: “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” So while it is true that people are naturally driven by incentives, we still have empathy for our fellow human beings so we are also driven to help and enrich others.
In fact, in 2010 people gave over 290.89 billion dollars to charity. Think about it, this is after they have already been mugged for half of their income by the government, and in the middle of the worst economic conditions since the great depression. Imagine how much they would have given had they been able to keep all of their income and had the reassurance of knowing that their money was actually being spent correctly.
These days confidence in charities is fairly low, and rightfully so, as many have succumbed to the corruption of our culture of dominance. However, this report on economicsjunkie.com suggests that an average of 80-85% of the money that is donated to charities actually ends up in the hands of the needy. This number definitely isn’t great, but lets see how does the government matches up with their coercive taxation. That same report goes on to quote a number of sources who state the government takes over 70% of all tax revenue collected for their own public funds, salaries, military projects, and wasteful bureaucracies. Meanwhile less than 30% of the tax revenue that is taken from the public is actually spent on the public. So, in reality, even in today’s world with sub-par charities, those charities actually do far better than the government does when it comes to improving the condition and lives of those in need. These charities accomplish all of this on a voluntary basis, without threats, violence and tax collectors.
There is no need to force compassion, so anyone who claims to be doing so is most likely being disingenuous. The whole concept that the public benefits at all from coercive taxation is just an elaborate advertising scheme that justifies its existence. Even Al Capone was smart enough to run soup kitchens in his local city of Chicago so people would overlook his crimes and see him as a charitable man. The government takes the same approach by spending some of their pocket change on welfare programs and community projects, but all of this is only done so they have some examples to point to when the taxpayers naturally want to know how their money was spent.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance at bookpatch.com.
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