Homo-idioticus

You know, for someone purporting to write for a major Australian news paper, under the tile of “Economics Writer” and “Senior Writer”, Jessica Irvine really takes the cake.  The John Hewson GST cake.

In an amazing piece of economic insight, Irvine put these words to paper:

Perhaps the root cause of GST-phobia is just that some people don’t like paying taxes at all.

Some people don’t like paying taxes at all.  Really?  Do you like paying tax Ms Irvine?

Fair dinkum.

This, in an opinion piece advocating for an increase in the GST:

We should increase the GST. There. I’ve said it.

What’s she’s actually advocating for, increased rate, increased base or both, is not clear.  Just increase it she says.  More efficient for the government to collect more money to spend inefficiently.

But this is her argument:

But the hard fact is that if people want their government to provide them with stuff, that stuff must be paid for. Sure, we can go into debt for a time. But there are limits to that in the long run.

TAFKAS’ children want stuff too.  Lots of stuff and services.  More stuff and services than TAFKAS can affort.  But they don’t want to work to pay for that stuff.  They want TAFKAS to work and pay for that stuff.

Fortunately TAFKAS does not have the legal authority to go to his neighbours, with a gun and goons, and take their money to fund TAFKAS’ kids’ wants and desires.

Here’s a proposition for all the tax increase advocates, the ones who do like paying taxes.  People like Jess.  You pay more tax than you are legally obliged to first.  Then come and make the case for a non-voluntary tax increase.  You will have more credibility then.  No doubt the ATO has a capacity to tax voluntary contributions.

Perhaps Jess is gunning for a role as the ABC’s economics editor.  That job might be available soon apparently.  Plus as a bonus, Jess won’t need to take a salary.  She can sell her labour at the generous and voluntary 100% income tax rate thus not affecting the ABC’s budget “challenges”.

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25 Responses to Homo-idioticus

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    We should increase the GST. There. I’ve said it.

    Why?
    Plan B would be to reduce government expenditure.
    Jessica won’t like my idea of defunding the ABC since most lefty journos seem to want to work there.

  2. Alex Davidson

    Ms Irvine does like paying taxes, and I’ll tell you why. In one recent piece she revealed some details of her life plan. It involved cruising along until retirement age, at which point she would use her super to pay off her mortgage then live on the pension.

    That is the life plan of a collectivist, of an individual who looks up to government and sees it as a beneficent parent. So it isn’t surprising she advocates for higher taxes – her plan would come undone if there was any move away from socialism and the plunder that goes with it.

    Apparently she has an honours degree in economics. It would be a sad indictment on our education system if that is where she got these ideas from.

  3. Lee

    Jessica Irvine has a history of idiocy.

  4. Petros

    It beggars belief that the SMH expects people to pay for her opinion.

  5. MACK

    You just wonder whether she has ever heard the great Thatcher line: “Socialism’s great until you run out of other people’s money”. More likely she’s heard it but doesn’t understand, because the fundamental weakness in the left wing view of the world is that they don’t understand human psychology.

  6. Rob MW

    Perhaps the root cause of GST-phobia is just that some people don’t like paying taxes at all.

    Oh dear Jess. I’d hate to bust your ABN and fetish for fresh produce bubble, but really, that is a rather stupid statement. Most criminals don’t like going to jail either but you know, here we are.

    Now lets talk about your Australian Business Number ? No, why not ?

  7. dopey

    Imagine if Ross Gittens and Jessica got together and had children.

  8. Professor Fred Lenin

    As Kerry Packer inferred bfore a gang of polliemaggots ,”you dont deserve money you just waste it “.
    Thems my sentiments .

  9. NoFixedAddress

    I agree with Jessie and think the GST should go to at least 20% if not 25% instead of the whimpy 10% at the moment.

    In fact, if the National Fishin’ Shootin’ Farmin’ Green Labor Liberals Party don’t introduce it at the next Green Nu Deal Election I’ll be really cross with them.

  10. Leaving emotion out of this debate, the GSTis a fantastic tax because the venal politicians can only exempt classes of transactions for everyone but they can’t exempt a class of people from paying it. It is the only tax which flows from ‘each according to his means’ in other words a flat rate tax that everyone pays at the one rate. No thresholds, no break points. No vote buying from the non contributing classes. Can’t get any better than this, but only if in return the states ditch the progressive inefficient taxes that they swore to abolish when the GST was introduced.

  11. David Brewer

    She is actually learning. This bit is particularly encouraging:

    Every time government intervenes in the economy to raise revenue, it changes things. Income taxes discourage work effort. Taxes on property transactions discourage people from buying and selling property.

    The goal for government is to get in and get out with the cash it needs while discouraging as few potentially welfare-enhancing transactions as possible.

    However, here are a few less good bits, with my tips for improving Jessica’s next article on the subject of GST:

    Due to political carve-outs negotiated two decades ago when the GST was introduced, the GST does not apply to fresh food, education, healthcare, childcare, sewerage and several other things.

    Turns out, that’s exactly the sort of stuff we’ve been buying more of over the past two decades.

    Not exactly. What we have really been doing is spending more money on these things. The reason we don’t necessarily get more of them for that extra money is that education, healthcare, childcare and sewerage are either government-provided services or Betriebswirtschaften where government subsidies and interventions have effectively disabled market incentives towards greater efficiency.

    My answer is simpler: increase the GST to 15 per cent. Then use the revenue to cut income taxes and permanently raise JobSeeker.

    But Jess, remember your point above about all government interventions changing things by altering economic calculation and changing incentives? How many more people will be on JobSeeker if JobSeeker is permanently raised? What will these people be producing? (Answer: Nothing.)

    Australia today has one of the lowest rates of consumption taxes among the 37 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The third lowest, in fact.

    The amount of revenue raised via the GST is just 3.5 per cent of our total economic output each year, compared to 6.8 per cent in other OECD countries. As a result, we tax our personal and company incomes more heavily than our peers to make up the difference.

    Our peers are in most cases doing even worse than we are. Take a look at the huge deficits of the UK, Japan, France, Italy, etc. At their lousy job-market participation rates, and chronically high unemployment rates. At their dire rates of economic growth. How do you think they got there? High taxes, and high unemployment benefits, have been major factors. Please don’t describe copying their policies as

    a once-in-a-generation chance to do things differently, and, indeed, to bring us into line with best practice internationally.

    Also, don’t imagine that if governments increase the GST to 15 per cent, they will “then use the revenue to cut income taxes”. The GST was originally sold precisely on the claim that it would allow other less efficient taxes to be reduced or abolished. Most of them never were. We would see the same thing with a GST increase. Governments would just use the extra revenue to buy off more interest groups at the next election.

  12. H B Bear

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Our Jessica after her brief flirtation with Teh Paywallian.

    Did she leave a phone number with the column? She can pay my tax any time she wants to.

  13. Squirrel

    Following on from “dopey” at 6.10pm, I’m wondering whether Ross Gittins and Jessica Irvine are just names and faces attached to articles churned out by AI, or some nameless, faceless drone, locked away deep in the bowels of Fauxfacts, who has been trained to produce piffle that latte socialists will nod to approvingly as they contemplate the Nirvana of big government and continued flattening of the income tax scales.

    The glib, airy, simplistic language and thinking in that article, backed up with a condescendingly juvenile illustration, is absolutely standard stuff from that outfit – and the unintentionally ironic allusion to Dr Strangelove is the cherry on the cake.

    Can they produce an article which does not include one or more of – “here’s why”, “we need to talk about”, “turns out”….?

  14. NoFixedAddress

    Squirrel
    #3505241, posted on July 6, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Your probably correct.

    Either that or it’s just what you learn from the Marxist School for Zombies.

  15. Carpe Jugulum

    But the hard fact is that if people want their government to provide them with stuff, that stuff must be paid for. Sure, we can go into debt for a time. But there are limits to that in the long run.

    Did a functioning human actually write this, i neither want nor require the government’to give me ‘stuff’ whatever the hell that is.

    As far as going into debt for a short time, government running up a debt that my unborn grandchildren will be paying off when they are still in their 50’s is an asinine statement.

    Fucking moron.

  16. Roger

    Perhaps the root cause of GST-phobia is just that some people don’t like paying taxes at all.

    I wouldn’t mind paying taxes – up to a reasonable level – if only we got value for money for them.

  17. Eyrie

    “I wouldn’t mind paying taxes – up to a reasonable level – if only we got value for money for them.”

    How in hell do you expect the EVER get value for money for anything done by the government?

  18. Damon

    “No doubt the ATO has a capacity to tax voluntary contributions”
    But will they be tax-deductible?

  19. NoFixedAddress

    The Australian Public Service Government want to borrow Trillions so Australia will be recognized as Too Big To Fail.

  20. Art Vandelay

    Apparently she has an honours degree in economics. It would be a sad indictment on our education system if that is where she got these ideas from.

    Alex, I believe her degree is in Marxist Political Economy from Sydney Uni.

    Perhaps Jess is gunning for a role as the ABC’s economics editor.

    Even though she has a worthless degree, she’s still overqualified for that position based on the past occupants,

  21. Siltstone

    Jessica can send a cheque with extra contributions to the ATO anytime she likes. But she never has and never will.

  22. Tom

    Irvine is a socialist airhead of the ocean-going Ross Gittins class. She should be writing concert reviews for Go Set (which went out of business 40 years ago in a splendid case of producing something for which there was no longer a market).

  23. Bad Samaritan

    OK, so the ATO reckons 90%+ of individual taxpayers put returns in and that about 90% of them get refunds. Most of the 90%+ use paid help to do the returns = pay to get at least some of their taxes back = do not want to voluntarily pay more than the barest legal minimum. Of course, among them there are also loads fudging or faking their incomes too, but lert’s stick with the legit ones..

    I’m guessing that Jessica, and Ross, and every leftists you can mention is part of the 90%+: is likewise extremely unwilling to give govt their incomes, and that all these BS artists are running heaps of tax minimization schemes, as well as paying people to help them get money back.

    Like Kevvy Rudd buying his waterfront mansion while loudly proclaiming that rising oceans is a real thing, Jessica is a liar. There, I’ve said it too!

  24. I highly recommend getting the 453 pages long PDF from the ATO on how to do your tax return.

    MyTax is dumbed down so you claim less.

  25. Snoopy

    Leave ‘our Jess’ alone you brutes.

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