More in your pocket may come at a cost.
This is the headline on an ODT opnion piece by Elizabeth Mackie, a Dominican Sister, who is writing on behalf of the Dominican Mission and Justice Committee.
She concludes by saying:
I’d like to offer a simple checklist to help us vote beyond the rhetoric of tax cuts.
If tax cuts come with increased government borrowing and debt, the cost is too high.
If tax cuts further limit the resources available for protecting species, or taking care of national parks and wild places, or protecting the Earth itself, the cost is too high.
If tax cuts mean that fewer resources will be applied to address climate change, the cost is too high.
If the billions spent on tax cuts mean that less is available to meet historic Treaty claims, the cost is too high.
If tax cuts result in increased numbers of children living in poverty, the cost is too high.
If tax cuts are achieved through reduction in health, education and social support services, the cost is too high.
If tax cuts reduce the nation’s capacity to habilitate prisoners and compensate victims, the cost is too high.
If tax cuts deepen divisions in the social fabric of this nation, the cost is too high.
What price tax cuts? We all need to be sure about the real costs before we tick the boxes on November 8.
If those are her priorities, then it is not only the cost of tax cuts which is too high, so too is the cost of everything else which doesn’t address the issues she’s raised.
If we look back at the last nine years of Labour’s mis-management we can see that, by Elizabeth’s criteria, the costs of much of their policy has been too high.
And today we have another one – a universal student allowance.
Keeping Stock notes the country is broke and asks: where is the money coming from?
Everything comes at a cost but good policy also brings benefits which justify the cost.
A universal student allowance is not good policy and the benefits to the few who receive it will not justify the cost to the many who pay for it.
It certainly woudn’t get any ticks when measured against Elizabeth’s checklist.