Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On choosing sides

There's been no lack of past commentary (from myself and others) on how income splitting is about as regressive a policy as one could possibly design - and I won't repeat it for the moment other than to say that the supposed "compromise" offered by Jack Mintz only goes a step further in ascribing zero value to a stay-at-home spouse.

But it is worth pointing out Lib MP John McKay's participation in yesterday's PR stunt - explained by the bizarre claim that the issue is one that we should "de-politicize" income distribution and tax policy.

Simply put, the issue represents about as stark a political choice as possible: do we agree or disagree with the concept of taking money out of the hands of the poor and redistributing it to wealthier households? And if people accept McKay'a dubious premise that a party can be progressive while trying to silence opposition to that worldview (which the Cons will be pushing with every political lever available to them), then we're doomed to lost the political battle.

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