I’m happy to announce new findings that show that if BC returns to the old Provincial Sales Tax (PST) following the referendum, probably as many as 12 million jobs will be created. This estimate is based on Sixth Estate’s personal exploration of how economics is a worthless bullshit profession which only gets worse when you add political controversy to the mix. For example, see yet another business lawyer advocating for HST in the Globe & Mail, Tony Wilson.
Tony states that if we don’t keep the HST, the healthcare system will collapse because there’s just no other way government can raise revenue other than through a sales tax. This is such an idiotic argument that I feel soiled simply having to point out that if people can’t afford to pay income tax, they’re not going to be able to pay sales tax, either.
Wilson says he’s worried that the HST opposition has been hijacked by anti-tax nutcases, and to an extent I agree. But the pro-HST group has also shown a callous disregard for truth-speaking from day one, when Gordon Campbell flatly lied to the public about his intention to bring in the HST. We haven’t yet cleared away the debris of political corruption and dishonesty, and in my mind, we can’t have an honest discussion about whether or not HST is a good idea on its own merits until after we’ve wiped away everything else. Including Vanderzalm, incidentally, who has done a fascinating job of resuscitating his political career but who should now crawl back into the hole in which he was rightly dumped 20 years ago.
For an example of why I find Wilson’s crowd impossible to join, see farther up in his article, where he introduces in quick succession two studies which supposedly forecast 24,400 new jobs due to HST, and 113,000 new jobs for the same reason. Unsurprisingly the bigger number comes from the right-wing propagandist Jack Mintz, whose public policy school’s research agenda is for sale. Which one is right? How big can they go? Mintz’s own published projections for the Ontario HST job increase ballooned 100 times upward, from 5900 in a 2008 study to 591,000 in a study published just one year later.
Oh, and one more thing. The C.D. Howe Institute isn’t independent, Mr. Wilson. Neither are you. Neither am I, really. That is a falsehood which think tanks repeatedly proclaim, and which people in the media are far too willing to uncritically repeat.Tweet