National can no longer call themselves ‘centre right’. They are a 'centre left' government and getting further left every day. It is no wonder therefore that formerly steadfast National voters are leaving the Party in favour of those offering an alternative to Socialism.
As Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking pointed out yesterday in this video, when the clock ticks over to 11:12am tomorrow you stop working for the Government and start working for yourself!
Right now, the burden of government is higher than it was any point under Helen Clark, when Tax Freedom Day was earlier in the year. For comparison New Zealand’s 2016 Tax Freedom Day is 15 days later than Australia – despite their federal system the Australians celebrated Tax Freedom Day on the 12th of May.
Take for example income tax thresholds not having kept up with inflation. The average Kiwi household now pays more than $1,000 more in taxes than it did in 2010.
We think Tax Freedom Day is a day for New Zealanders to reflect on whether every dollar taken by politicians is spent on what is really necessary. Are politicians as prudent with your money as they should be? We don’t think so.
At the Taxpayers’ Union our mission is to fight government waste and make the argument for lower taxes. But while we do a good job of putting the heat on politicians who waste our money, we need to redouble our efforts in showing the public that tax cuts are not only feasible they are the right thing to do. On Monday, the NBR published my opinion piece pointing out that if the government were to abolish its regime of corporate welfare, bail outs, and grants, it could return to every New Zealand household $752.
So if you agree Tax Freedom Day should be earlier in the year - click to do something about it by supporting our campaign.