May 18, 2012
The free enterprise crowd insists the economy cannot stand a cost of living increase for teachers and net zero is an immutable law of nature. As a thinking person I don’t buy it. We are not becoming Greece, even a cursory review of our fiscal position belies this insistent threat made by those who would consistently lower taxes without regard for public funding of the most important parts of our social democracy.
Net zero is why B.C. teachers are engaging in such heart-wrenching acts of resistance; the ongoing and unquestioning necessity of net zero. Not to say that B.C. is flush with cash and let’s dole out massive increases for everyone, that’s silly and no one has suggested we do so. Yet the claim that net zero is necessary or we turn into Europe is also silly. Yet somehow net zero became an unquestioned truth, a fundamental necessity to stave off all ruin and, not surprisingly, teachers who dared to question this truth are being attacked as selfish, greedy heretics.
Net zero is a political ploy, an obvious manipulation. It’s not an economic fundamental, but a strategy to cut off debate. Net zero only exists for those who believe without question in the truth of lower taxes, because as we have all been told incessantly, lower taxes create jobs. Do they? Do they really?
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