Chris Snowdon has a couple of recent articles, one with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver calling for taxes on sugar, the other with other busybodies asking for the same on meat. The gist of them seems to be that we’re being lined up for ‘sin taxes’ on sugar and meat as well as tobacco and alcohol. And there’ll probably be carbon sin taxes as well.
What’s going on here is that the government is lobbying itself (through organisations like ASH and Jamie Oliver) to raise taxes. In effect, the government asks itself, “Should taxes be raised on X?”, and then after a ‘consultation’ with ‘stakeholders’ the government says, “Yes. Taxes should be raised.” And so taxes are raised. And then after a few weeks or months, the process is repeated.
It’s state-sponsored theft.
This is why organisations like ASH keep being funded. They provide the justification to raise taxes over and over again, always in the pious knowledge that “It’s the right thing to do.”
No wonder government always get bigger. ASH is actually part of the government. And so is Jamie Oliver.
So what happens when more or less everything is taxed to the maximum, and 90% of the price of anything goes straight into the government’s pockets?
Well, taxpayers will be getting poorer and poorer while the government is getting richer and richer. The cost of living for ordinary people will just keep on rising. Their standard of living will fall and fall. At some point, they won’t be able to make ends meet. They’ll starve. They’ll lose their homes. It won’t be any better for the over-taxed companies they’re working for. They’ll be driven out of business.
In short, the economy will collapse under the enormous overburden of taxation. And what will the government do? It’ll do what it always does. It’ll raise taxes. It’s the only thing it knows how to do.
But once the economy is collapsing, the government tax take will dry up. There won’t be enough money to pay government employees (which by then will be almost everybody). The Smoking Prevention Officers Union and the Sugar Awareness Outreach Office and the Meat Intelligence Agency will threaten to go on strike. But since they no longer bring in any tax revenues, the government won’t yield to their demands. So they’ll all starve too. Everyone will starve. Everyone will become homeless.
As far as I can see, we’ve been living in global recession/depression for approaching 10 years already. And it’s all set to get worse. And worse. And worse.