Oxfam Canada released a report at the top of January that not only decries a widening gap between the rich and poor, it also blames the rich for the increase. As a result, they should be taxed more to pay for social programs that help those like myself who are unable to take care of themselves in terms of financial stability.
As someone who can’t find work, who has been homeless in the past, and who cannot financially fend for himself — a member of the community Oxfam Canada says is under siege by the mean ol’ rich folk — I’d like to say the people who released that report have fucking rocks for brains.
In a majority of reports released through reliable sources, the upper class in fact do pay the most taxes. More than the middle class and more than the poor. Yes, it’s true they don’t pay as MUCH as they used to, but you can thank global trade acts for that. All one needs to do is to relocate a company’s manufacturing base to a country with a lower tax rate and Bob’s your wealthy uncle. It’s business and while it takes a steaming dump on the local employment market, it’s a smart move.
It is for this same reason why increasing the level of taxation on the rich would a dumb move. Businesses thrive in a low-tax economy and flee a high tax one. That’s why the high hydro rates here in Ontario have prompted many enterprises to relocate. Tax the rich more to pay for social programs to address this imagined slight on the unfortunate and they will leave, taking the jobs and services with them.
When that happens, social programs will see their income source dry up like a lake on a hot summer day. Unemployment, homelessness and poverty rates will skyrocket as a result.
The issue isn’t is what the rich have but what the poor haven’t. They don’t have employment opportunities. They don’t have affordable housing and post-secondary education. They don’t have a social support network that works at all to help them either start their own business or pair up with someone who will hire them. They don’t have people who understand the problem enough empathise and assist, but plenty of people who regard them an inconvenient blight, and BLAME them for something that’s not their fault.
Don’t steal the fish from the rich to feed the poor. Help those like myself fetch our own fish. All we need is the rod, bait, and a nice lake full of salmon. Give us the tools to make our own opportunities, and we’ll forge our own road back to financial self-reliance and self-sustainability.
Thanks for reading!