NDP short on giving good government
We have always said “we want good government and don’t care who gives it to us”.
Rachel and Company have once again opted for popularity, rather than well thought out programs for all Albertans.
We are speaking of the NDP plan to cut school fees paid by parents to the schools annually for fees not covered already, like supplies, lunch supervision fees, or extra activities. While parents with children in the system are shouting “Yahoo!”, others, either homeowners or those renting, are not so happy. This latest gaffe by the NDP will ultimately cost property taxpayers and renters more, because the shortfall will be passed on to them on the school requisition portion of Albertan’s property taxes.
Remember, governments have no money, people have money. The only way that governments get money is through taxation in its various forms. By reducing the school fees, Rachel and Company look good in the eyes of voters, but simply pass on the burden of these school fees to ALL Albertans. It is typical of a government that is grasping at straws to stay in power, by buying votes with the average taxpayer’s own money. If you are an average taxpayer reading this, you should be upset.
We were equally upset with the former PC government that eliminated health care premiums some years back, putting a 1 Billion dollar burden back into the health care budget. This was a different form of taxation, but one geared to make good guys out of the government of the day. They too, thought that it would be a good way to curry voter favour. Probably the administrative nightmare caused by depositing 1 billion dollars into the bank was too much of a headache. However, it did make voters think they were carrying some of the health care cost burden.
Please don’t be fooled by this measure. Governments who take voter intelligence for granted do not stay in power. Just ask the PC’s.