The Taxpayer’s Union have issued a media release-
A media report suggesting that tomorrow is National Tax Freedom Day is premature according to the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.
“We are delighted that others have picked up our initiative from last year,” says Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Ben Craven. “Unfortunately this version by Staples Rodway doesn’t factor in local government nor public spending funded by borrowing.”
“Using the OECD measure gives a more accurate reflection on how long New Zealanders work for the government and allows for comparison with other countries. The current burden of government is 41.4% of GDP. For comparison Australia’s is only 36.1%.”
“This year tax freedom day is Sunday May 31, representing the 41.4% of the economy that is spent by the government. Last year’s tax freedom day was on June 4.”
Read that again folks- 41.4% of the economy that is spent by government. And even then it is not enough. Bill English bemoans the fact the low inflation has reduced his money supply. He’s already borrowing $350 million a week to keep his Potemkin village afloat.
We’re actually working as slaves for around 150 days of the year. Slaves to socialism and those who profit from it.
I notice David Farrar, probably the blogosphere’s most fervent supporter of the National Party, has a post on this issue which he ends with the lament- “I’d like Tax Freedom Day to be in March, not May.”
Well that’s fine Dave, but like most Nat supporters you continue to support them when so much of what they do is wasteful churning and could be stopped tomorrow.
All most Nats can say when you raise this issue is “Oh well it would be much worse if Labour was in power”. Then they say, “and John Key can’t do what is necessary because the Nats would be voted out next election if they did”.
Of course that would only be true if they had a weak leader who was incapable of articulating to the voters the steps that need to be taken and why, and drawing them with him. Which is exactly what they have in the ineffective self promoting flag changing John Key.
David Farrar’s comment is nothing but weak platitudinous hypocritical cant. He can’t expect to be taken seriously when he says such things while he continues to be such an enthusiastic supporter of John Key and National.