My thankfulness was aroused a few days before the Turkey and Pumpkin Pie long weekend arrived when I saw the somewhat bizarre Tweet, above, from one of the self-annointed 'protectors' of Canadian taxpayers in Lotusland.
Well, clearly, the Tweet was supposed to invoke some sort of outrage amongst a certain segment of our population.
But all I could think was...
'Good on Canucks' goalie Ryan Miller!'
Because folks who are doing really well helping our least privileged citizens is the way things are supposed to work around here, right?
Not according to the good Mr. Bateman and friends, apparently:
VANCOUVER, BC: As the puck drops on another Vancouver Canucks season, so does another year of collecting income tax from the players. A new joint Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) and Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) study, Major Penalty for High Taxes, shows last year’s Canuck players paid $39.7 million in income taxes to the federal and BC governments...
...The 25 players on last year’s Canuck roster earned a combined $88 million CDN, meaning more than 45 per cent of their salaries would have gone to income taxes...
Good on the Canucks for helping out, eh!
Put another way, you fill find absolutely no outrage regarding that 45 per cent in this quarter.
Except, perhaps, to question why the marginal tax rate on our biggest earners isn't still at the level it was when the Neander (en)Thralls figure we were at our mighiest.