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Don't rubbish JLP tax plan

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I find it annoying and somewhat unintelligent of the private-sector tax group to be discrediting a proposal to give people more purchasing power. They are the very ones who have been crying about the People's National Party's bad decisions causing strain on the business sector, yet they are ready to discredit the Opposition's tax plan, stating that it cannot work.

This so-called group of experts also indicated in 2007 that the abolition of user fees at hospitals and school tuition fees would destroy the economy. To date, it has not. I think one of their fears is that if their employees have more income, they may very well find it a bit harder to push people around.

There are some large businesses that collect the tax and do not pay it over to the Government. What ought to happen is that they should rein in exorbitant and unnecessary spending, such as $60m worth of high-end vehicles, seemingly every new term, the $1m-per-month phone bill for junior ministers; and cut back on the large delegations that have been travelling with the prime minister.

If we had a government in power that was logical, production-minded and fiscally responsible, we wouldn't need to be going everywhere to borrow a buck or two.