Are corporate tax cuts the sharp tooth that will finally puncture the Teflon hide of the Harper government, letting an ugly illusion bleed out?
The opposition is threatening an election unless the upcoming budget puts an end to the cutting. If there's any question on which society as a whole should say "enough," this is it.
Properly translated, the government's official nonsense about stimulating the economy would read like this: We will deepen the deficit and deprive the country of infrastructure and social spending in order to advance the worldwide cult of billionaires ascendant, in the hope that they'll leave us a few crumbs.
Finance Minister Graham Steele is doing the rounds, consulting the public on what to do in the upcoming budget to stave off a brutal rise in deficits and debt. Spending cuts are on the table, as are tax increases.
He has mentioned a possible rise in the HST/GST. This would be a mistake -- one which taxes the low-income and the unemployed disproportionately. If more money must be raised, it must be through the income tax, the only one which is progressive.
If raising income taxes sounds "radical" to you -- and to the finance minister -- then both of you can think again. Things are happening.