Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform has a tax pledge they encourage people running for elected office to sign. It is essentially a written promise by legislators and candidates for office that commits them to oppose tax increase.
The pledge for people running for national office asks the signer to promise to:
- oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and
- oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.
If only there was a similar pledge for Australian politicians …
TAFKAS would prefer the tax pledge, but as short term alternative, perhaps instead our political elite, specifically those to advocate for “climate action” take the Australian Climate Pledge. The basis of this is that our political “leaders” should be prepared to make equivalent sacrifices that which they ask others to make. Here are some ideas:
- Promise to never again eat meat and to never again purchase leather products. Given that a major contributor to global emissions is from agricultural methane (cow farts), meat and leather goods consumption must be materially reduced. If nothing else, it would be nice to never see Malcolm Turnbull in a leather jacket again. Perhaps also Julie Banks can wear hemp sandals rather than Italian leather shoes while she is campaigning.
- Promise to never again fly business or first class. Given that a major contribution to global emissions is airplane emissions, business class and first class travel must be stopped. After all, the average emissions from a first class or business class seat are much higher than an economy seat. This pledge would obviously also extend to the public service for their many domestic and international travels.
- Promise to never take transport in a CommCar (or state equivalent) and instead take a regular taxi/ride share or public transport. Given that a major contribution to global emissions is from transport, this is a must. An idling CommCar, with its very large engine, must definitely create a lot of emissions.
- Promise to never purchase a 4-wheel drive or SUV unless it is for farming purposes. Again, given that a major contribution to global emissions is from transport, it is completely impractical for our political leaders to drive large cars in urban settings. Landrovers, Rangerovers and Landcruisers are completely unnecessary for urban settings.
Come on climate change action advocates. If your ideas are so good and virtuous, try applying them to yourself first. Sacrifice starts at home. If your ideas are so good, they don’t need to be implemented through force.
You know the corporate governance slogan – don’t tell me, show me.