Here’s a little free advice to the politicians. If you are getting positive coverage of a budget on the editorial page of the Times & Transcript you are doing something wrong. For example, the T&T says:
The Graham government has correctly heeded public opinion and decided not to impose a carbon tax or increase the Harmonized Sales Tax. To put more tax on consumption at a time when most families are struggling to pay for essentials would have taken us down the wrong road.
That is exactly the kind of misinformation that ensures that nothing substantive ever gets done. The idea of increasing consumption tax would have included a deep cut in income taxes which could have been used for “families struggling to pay for the essentials” only they get the choice. With high personal income taxes they don’t get the choice.
Do you think it is possible to turn a ship around hard without spilling a few drinks?