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Old 28-02-2020, 08:40   #391
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Yet some folk think taxpayers should directly pay everyone's tuition, and also pay any debts from people who still owe on their student loans.


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Those are different issues.


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Yes, they're different issues.

But I lumped them together as they're both bad policy.
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And that's what it's all about - the government allowing us to reside in a place that is supposedly "ours" as long as we pay that gov't off one way or another. A classic mafia-style shakedown scheme.
"No man is an island" - John Donne

"...but hey, one or two of us might own one" - Sir Richard Branson

but seriously...

The idea that someone gets all the benefits of living in an organized, orderly, safe society... the very framework that enables and supports profitable activity and the acquisition of wealth and property... but is angry about paying anything to support this... I dunno.
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I'm not getting into the property tax drift, but I'm all for taxing churches just like any other property. Irks me that they get a free ride just because the owners claim to talk to invisible friends.

(How's that for drift potential ).
And charities
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Yet some folk think taxpayers should directly pay everyone's tuition, and also pay any debts from people who still owe on their student loans.

Mike O'Reilly:

Those are different issues.
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Yes, they're different issues.

But I lumped them together as they're both bad policy.
That's your claim. I'd lump in a whole lot of other things I consider "bad policy." But it depends on what you want to achieve, and in this case, how you view higher education. Other successful societies have made other choices around tuition costs. There's no one universal 'right anwer.'

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And charities
Not all charities have their properties operating municipal tax-free. And there are lots of tax supports for charities.

Personally, I'm in favour of targeted tax support for charitable activities. So if someone wants to operate a soup kitchen or a food bank, for example, then I think making that space tax-free makes sense.
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