MOSCOW — Smoke and drink more, Russia’s finance minister Alexei Kudrin said to citizens on Wednesday, explaining that higher consumption would help lift tax revenues for spending on social services.
“If you smoke a pack of cigarettes, that means you are giving more to help solve social problems such as boosting demographics, developing other social services and upholding birth rates,” Kudrin said, quoted by the Interfax news agency.
“People should understand: Those who drink, those who smoke are doing more to help the state,” he said, offering unconventional advice as the Russian government announced plans to raise excise duty on alcohol and cigarettes.
This is the same perverse logic that Flaherty used when he attempted to justify his income trust tax with the totally false proposition (as contained in the Ways and Means motion) that taxing income trusts would:
"Strengthening Canada's social security system for pensioners and seniors"
I must have missed it, as Canada’s social security system wasn’t strengthened in the least by Flaherty’s income trust tax. Quite the opposite in fact as pensioners and seniors have witnessed their means of retirement income from income trusts being taken away from them and the government’s tax revenues dramatically decline from all these trusts taken over by foreigners who completely evade the taxes that Canadians were happily paying.
Just how exactly does that "Strengthen Canada's social security system for pensioners and seniors", Mr. Flaherty?
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Posted by Brent Fullard at 11:25 PM