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Taxes, the Bailouts and Politics

George Monbiot is always a good read to cheer you up…

For the first time in my life I resent paying my taxes. Until now I have seen this annual amputation as a civic duty – like giving blood – necessary to sustain the life of a fair society. Suddenly I see it as an imposition. Its purpose has reverted to that of the middle ages: subsidising the excesses of a parasitic class. A high proportion of the taxes I pay will be used to bail out companies which, as the Guardian’s current investigation shows, have used every imaginable ruse to avoid paying any themselves.

I think that for many people this is the final blow: the insult which seals their alienation from the political process.

via: Monbiot.com » From the Bottom Up.

Feeling invigorated to prepare those tax returns? How about participating in a Provincial Election in BC? How about some good old fashioned local civic engagement?

[ad#200-left]The longer that politicians believe that they are above public critisicm, or that they are somehow in a better position to understand the role of mega-corporations and whether these should be “bailed-out” or not, the longer that they will be seen as out of touch and mis-representing the constituents.

I’m not particularly pro or anti government. I’ve been on the pro side, over four years in the defense force proves that, as well as my current position in municipal government. However, it is easy to feel negative about it all as democratically elected governments prop up corporations and continue to spend millions and sometimes billions on wars all about oil. The toughening of regulations relating to small scale meat production are a classic example of unnecessary government interference, especially when it is the large scale producers that seem to cause the most harm, (think Maple Leaf Foods).

Does the political process need to review it’s role in supporting un-sustainable business practices?

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.