Friday, December 16, 2005

Ever Get a Hangover When You Weren't Drinking?

I can't believe I watched that whole debate ... Nobody won, but I sure lost. The format doesn't let them debate an issue, all they do is try to get a point in against somebody who doesn't have a turn to speak next.

The only blow I could clearly see came from the viewer question and it was the disabled woman who doesn't work and she was asking Mr. Martin how she will benefit from income tax cuts, and Mr. Martin responds that she will directly benefit from income tax cuts. Hello?

I have a couple more things to add to the NDP Debate Bingo:
  • Social cohesion (4 or 5 times)
  • The National Promise (once)
  • In fact (90 kabillion times)
I don't even know what the National Promise is, and I'm only assuming it is capitalized.

I do want to thank the NDP for the Debate Bingo - it did give us something to do while Paul Martin was deflecting shots.

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9 comments:

Babbling Brooks said...

And how many times did Jack Layton mention Ed Broadbent?

Ottawa Core said...

jack lenin also invoked the schreyer ghost too. it's a fact!

Anonymous said...

are yoy saying people who don't work don't pay taxes, and can't benefit from tax cuts?

lance said...

(without trying to put words in Jim's mouth, and then does just that . . . .)

No, I think Jim is saying that when a citizen says that they'll see more benefit from a GST cut then an income tax cut that PM^2 should bloody well listen and not tell the citizen they're wrong.

Cheers,
lance

Jim said...

That's it, Lance.

People without income do not benefit from a reduction in personal income taxes.

Anonymous said...

In that case I guess people without income would not benefit from a cut in the GST then.

Jim said...

A cut in the GST benefits anyone who spends money. People with low income, this is the tax that impacts them the most.

Anonymous said...

Actually Jim, I think those with a low income benefit more under the current GST rebate system then they would with a 1% cut to the GST.

Jim said...

Actually Jim, I think those with a low income benefit more under the current GST rebate system then they would with a 1% cut to the GST.

You're probably right. I think that's what is generally recommended by anti-poverty groups - an increase in the GST credit will help more than a decrease in consumption taxes.