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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State. 'Illigitum non carborundum'.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

2013 New Zealand Budget: View from Behind the IRon Drape

Forgive me not getting excited about a budget that puts more money into the surveillance state, an extra $6.65 million to IRD audit year on year (** see update 1 below); provides for thin capitalisation rules to make it more expensive, thus less likely, for foreign investment doing business here; and a future tenuous government surplus – we’re still accruing debt in the meantime - based only on a tax take increasing at a higher rate than GDP growth.

Core tax revenue is forecast at $62.4 billion, or 27.4 percent of gross domestic product in 2014, rising to $72.8 billion, or 28.3 percent in 2017 as the economy grows. Growth in tax revenue is expected to strongly outpace forecast nominal GDP growth over the forecast horizon, with all tax types picked to rise, especially tax from employees, the Treasury estimates.

I put it to the Minister of Finance that GDP growth is being constrained by the increasing tax take. Imagine a country where the reverse would be true: a lower tax take allowing faster GDP growth, and so higher living standards for all of us. That would be a classical liberal country moving toward the freer society, rather than the road to the planned economy, based on tax slavery, that this budget promises, as with every Bill English budget that has talked up spending constraint, but never spending cuts, and has seen a higher government dollar spend still in each successive budget as the size of state grows under the political party standing for small government.

Mind you, looking at the opposition benches, it could be so much worse from 2014:

When Labour quite possibly take over the chains to our lives from 2014, yes, doing business in New Zealand won't look like an attractive option for foreign investment, and we'll all be the poorer for it. Plus David ought to be careful tweeting to Deloitte's like that: he's scaring the horses again.

Though in the meantime, only more statism to be seen here, move along please ...

Update 1:

Stop press: the surveillance state grew a whole lot more, by the looks of it, than is admitted in the announced $6.65 million figure …

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