September 17, 2013
RE: “Robin Hood” Editorial of September 16.
I need to begin by saying that we live in a society of ,
generally, caring people. But I also believe we can do SO SO much
better in order to actually be a caring society. And reading this
editorial yesterday morning pushed many of my buttons.
Full disclosure. I am a Social Democrat/Democratic Socialist. I
fully believe the role of society, through its elected government is
to create a more equitable distribution of wealth. My faith requires
nothing less. And the measure of whether that is being done well
enough is not in the measures listed in the editorial (which I assume
came from outside Alberta since it references an progressive tax
system that we sadly did away with under the reign of Ralph Klein and
Stockwell Day). The measure of how well we are redistributing wealth
is in a basic question.
Does everybody have their basic needs to food, shelter, clothing,
education and medical care met?
Now I ask you can you honestly say that is true of Canadian
society? No, most certainly not. And so we have to do better.
But instead the editorial complains that we are “robbing” the
rich and then suggests that not only are we giving those at the
bottom end too much but that it is their own fault that they are
poor. I quote: “That's still a shame. Not just because everyone
else is shelling out for this. But because these people clearly
aren't living up to their potential.”
Frankly the top earners in any country, particularly when they
make several hundred times more than the lowest earners should pay
the majority of the tax bill. If you earn over 500 000 and pay 66%
as a practical tax rate (which I am sure NOBODY does) you are still
taking home more than a whole slew of Canadians. Isn't that enough
to do to ensure that you neighbours don't have to choose between food
I agree, let us try and grow, sustainably, the economy. But lets
also let our neighbours live in dignity while we do it. In then end,
it will make growing the economy easier if more people have money to