About 2 weeks ago, I wrote about how it is nice to live in Quebec. I saw that many of you think that we are paying way too much tax for what we get in return. Most people don’t see where their taxes go and believe it just feeds the beast. I must say that the administrative beast in Quebec is one of a kind! However, after a few years, I started to think differently; I am now ready to pay for my neighbor.
A right wing agrees with the left wing
Those who know me will probably say that I am a hard, right wing capitalist. I actually like the capitalism model and like the fact that it’s up to you to make your way through and earn a decent living. I am lucky enough to have parents that provided me with a good education and still think that I would manage my way through. And this is possible because we live in a capitalist country.
Maybe it’s because I am a father that my children have pierced my capitalist armored but I am now happy that I can support others with my taxes. Not all the time (I still get upset at people in their 20s who apply for welfare), but still, I think that we don’t have the same background and that everybody deserves a chance.
So even if I can afford all kinds of insurance if I didn’t have free healthcare or that I can afford to pay for my kids’ education, I am happy to participate in a system that offers them for free.
Are you stupid or what?
Yeah… some of you may think that I am stupid. That I should care about my family and our stuff and that I would have a lot more money in my pocket if it was that way. You are probably right. However, I know that some people including some in my family or circle of friends would have a hard time paying for everything with their own means.
It is not true that everybody can make a lot of money. Why? Not because they are stupid. Not because they are cowards or they don’t have enough motivation. In fact, we all have special talents. We all have special skills. The problem in a capitalist model is that some skills are irrelevant to make money in 2010. Some people can’t really make money with their talent or by doing what they like. And to those people, I say: keep doing what you like, you live in a place where you can do it.
I always take my wife’s previous job for example. She loves kids. And kids love her. As she is really good with them (she was able to connect with an autistic kid when most educators never got near that level) and because she is fascinated by psychology and their development, she has decided to work in a day care. She was working full time, doing a tough job and being good at it. How much was she making? $25,000 after 7 years. TWENTY FIVE… Do you really think that if she was going out with an educator they would be able to live a comfortable life without government support? I know some people do it, but it is a crazy life. This is why I don’t mind paying taxes (even though we are getting ripped compared to tax rates by country), because I believe that some people deserve to get more than what they pay in taxes.
What’s your take?
So, do you pay for your neighbor? Do you like it? Do you think that we should drop taxes in Quebec? What is your point about taxes and benefits?
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