Here's a letter to the editor I sent to the Globe and Mail in response to Jeffrey Simpson's call for higher taxes.
Jeffrey Simpson decries politicians who use “old ideas” to solve economic problems, but then oddly he suggests the
government raise taxes, which is surely the oldest idea of them all. (“Those old Bush ideas haunt us still” November 19.) US
How do you think governments in the olden days paid for new pyramids or for wars to glorify the Emperor/King/Pope or for massive palaces?
They simply increased taxes on hapless peasants.
The historical record also shows that high taxes and big government never resulted in healthy or prosperous economies.
Only when citizens were allowed to keep more of their own money and invest it in the framework of a free market economy did societies grow wealthy.
And by the way, the notion that government should keep its hands out of the wallets of the people is a, historically speaking, relatively recent idea.
So if Simpson really supports "new" ideas to spur the economy he should call for lower taxes and smaller government