We need governments to foster individual innovation and not governments that foster a welfare state of dependants. This should and must be of fundamental focus for a society that wishes to grow and maintain stability.
Running large deficits and increasing both personal and corporate income tax rates is the road to financial ruin of a city, province or country. Just ask Greece about that.
We need NGOs, media and special interest groups to start recognizing that the taxpayer is a finite resource. They need to start lobbying for personal accountability and self-reliance over increasing the size of bureaucracy of the “establishment”.
We need grassroots Canadians to recognize that big government is not the answer to all that ails us. Rather, we need to empower people to take personal responsibility.
“That for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill
In no way, shape or form am I advocating for government to abandon its citizens; I am merely encouraging a re-evaluation of our priorities.
Take, for example, the current Liberal government in Ottawa fast-tracking 25,000 Syrian migrants. This is incredibly expensive. I’m not saying that aiding refugees is a bad thing, I am just left to wonder about poor old homeless ‘John’ and ‘Jane’ standing around the trash can fire tonight; if we have all this money to help complete strangers, why are we not starting at home?
It should be of paramount importance to aid our fellow citizens when we fall; but this must be a temporary measure, not an excuse to encourage dependency upon the state.
Take, for another example, the sky-rocketing hydro rates fostered by liberal corruption and mismanagement in Ontario. Our government is driving families and the individual to the financial breaking point. Just wait for the addition of a Wynne-Trudeau Carbon Tax to further increase your costs.
Then, in the same breath, Toronto liberals have announced a new program to help subsidize low income families with their hydro costs.
This begs the question, “why are we putting Ontario families there in the first place?” The logical approach would be to tackle soaring hydro rates and reduce the burden on ratepayers, rather than increasing the number of dependent persons on the state.
That being said, the question that must also be asked is, “Why are we not doing more to aid our Syrian friends in their fight against ISIS?” Many refugees have no desire to migrate to Canada, they want to go home. So instead of spending billions to migrate them, why don’t we support the international coalition against the Islamic State? Why don’t we do more to help fight the source of evil that displaced these individuals in the first place?
It seems a noticeable trend in progressive ideology; create a more entrenched focus on increasing dependent persons on the state and the greater the control and influence a government body can wield.
Increasing the dependency of its citizenry, a government can become the ultimate ‘Nanny State’. This concept is known as Communism. And that is downright terrifying.