Thursday, April 06, 2017

Illusory wealth

Good news! The government says we have a $1.4 billion surplus! Roll out the tax-cuts!

Except of course we still have 295,000 children in poverty, a homelessness crisis, huge unmet health needs, and schools forced to discriminate against disabled kids due to underfunding. And in that context, the "surplus" isn't. Instead, its illusory wealth, constructed out of service cuts and the suffering of the poor. Its nothing to celebrate; instead its a $1.4 billion reminder of the services the government should be providing, but isn't. And the idea of using it for tax cuts - effectively, sacrificing those vital government services for the needy so a handful of rich pricks can enjoy another holiday and add more to their overflowing money piles - is simply obscene.