Usually I am pretty happy whenever a government announces a tax cut.
I am even happy when a tax cut is simply the result of crass, political calculation. I am even happy when the tax cuts are not deep enough or go far enough. I am even happy when tax cuts won’t happen for awhile.
So why am I unhappy with the tax cuts the Liberals announced yesterday?
Maybe it’s because I know the Liberals too well. They know how to promise tax cuts they just don’t know how to deliver them.
Remember the GST they promised to scrap? Remember the corporate tax cuts they were supposed to provide last year?
And I have a funny feeling that somehow the Liberals will figure out a way to forget about these tax cuts (small as they are) even if they do win the next election.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a government that was sincere about cutting taxes because it was the right thing to do?
Now that would make me happy.