According to the oft-aired ads by H and R Block, a lot of Canadians will be suffering from 'tax pain'.
"There's no cure for what he has. It's tax pain," says the doctor with serious regret. The pain seems to radiate from the victim's nether regions. Okay, so who does like paying taxes? No one? Not me, either. On the other hand, who likes universal health care or public education? We all benefit from tax-funded programs like these.
Have you ever been unemployed? EI is the subject of a lot of verbal abuse and likely some real abuse by unscrupulous claimants, yet circumstances can work against people, can beat them down. Are maternity leaves a good idea? or paternity leaves for that matter? Even if you don't have children, don't plan on having them, these kinds of programs benefit us all indirectly. Happier, better educated children become contributing members of society. Maybe we should all pay more taxes and create a universal, affordable daycare program.
Are you young, healthy, making a decent living? I'm glad. You will not always be young, likely not always healthy and it's possible that your ability to make a living and plan for the future may disappear. Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan and other government funded programs depend on taxes, at least in part.
" We are too soon old and too late smart." A worn axiom but true, nevertheless. So, like everyone, I will have some tax pain, I will complain some and then I'll take a look at what I get for my tax dollar in Canada and Alberta and maybe I'll be just a little ashamed. For the most part, our taxes are a pretty good deal. We have a great life style because of them.
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.