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Are higher taxes necessarily worse?

Nobody wants to pay higher taxes. But if they can see the tangible benefits that result from higher taxes they will begin to appreciate that this is what characterises an enlightened and civilised society, where children are precious to the state for securing its future.

It is the govts responsibility to persuade the populace that higher taxes are necessary to provide for child support, for welfare, for healthcare and for pensions for the elderly and that this makes for a healthier, more prosperous and more egalitarian society.

When I first started working here in UK and found out how much taxes Was taken from my pay packet, I was appalled. Only slowly and gradually did I realise that this is a much better system than that in Singapore.

The easy way is to appease the influential rich and the super-rich by having lower taxes at the expense of a lack of social support for the larger populace. It is to have a more mature understanding that unbridled free market capitalism generates excessive inequalities that must be moderated by the visible hand of state intervention.

U.K. And more so, the Scandinavian countries well understand this problem and that is why they have opted for a higher degree of welfarism as an integral part of their national economic policy with impressive success. It shows you can have welfare state and still be economically competitive; something our ‘great leader’ seemed unable to comprehend.

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28 Responses to “Are higher taxes necessarily worse?”

  • DUCK RICE:

    “But Singapore has done something even more remarkable than its economic accomplishments. It has built an alternative to the European style welfare state. Think of all the reasons why people turn to government in other developed countries: retirement income, housing, education, medical care etc. In Singapore people are required to save to take care of these needs themselves.”

    “For many years, the only two scholars in the Western world who paid much attention to Singapore were Washington University economist Michael Sherraden and me. Michael approached the Singapore experience from a left-of-center perspective and I came from the opposite direction. We both ended in the same place: this is an alternative to the welfare state that works.”

    “For my part, I would summarize the philosophy of Singapore as follows:

    Each generation should pay its own way.Each family should pay its own way.Each individual should pay his own way.Only after passing through these three filters should anyone turn to the government for help.

    If the United States had adopted a similar approach to public policy, there would be no deficit problem in this country.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2015/03/31/singapore-a-fascinating-alternative-to-the-welfare-state/#4e7a1dc0c156

    The existing social safety net is adequate for now and if we do give in to the demands of proponents of welfare,how will we fund this expensive exercise? By raising tax? By digging into our reserves?

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  • Talk Cock Sing Song:

    Yes, also don’t rely on conscription, pay your own way for regular soldiers!!

    You can afford low tax because your male citizen is providing “welfare” to you.

    DUCK RICE:

    Each generation should pay its own way.Each family should pay its own way.Each individual should pay his own way.Only after passing through these three filters should anyone turn to the government for help.

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  • oxygen:

    ACADEMIC ECONOMISTS ARE MOSTLY DUMB – the practical world outside the ivory tower is entirely different.

    Even the employers federation in Australia – the Australian Business Council have been in the front seat pushing for INCREASED WELFARE PAYMENT to unemployed as welfare reform since 2012.

    http://www.australiaforum.com/information/general/business-council-of-australia-calls-for-welfare-reform.html

    In effect, the employers are willing to pay higher tax rate to support welfare in effort to lift up the economy and output to their own benefits.

    LKY spoke of the success of Scandinavian welfare system at page 106 of his last publishing – ONE MAN’S VIEW OF THE WORLD.

    Welfare is NOT a zero sum gain contest but a win win opportunity in economic development.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Duck Rice

    The weblink in your quote is misleading and uninformed of reality.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2015/03/31/singapore-a-fascinating-alternative-to-the-welfare-state/#4e7a1dc0c156

    I noted that your comment carefully avoided the contents in this weblink while professing yourself to be a scholar alongside an unknown obscure economist, Micheal Sherraden from an obscure Washington University. In particular I am referring to Forbes reference to CPF savings as an “alternative” to welfare state in the West. Here you go of full illumination you hide away of debating relevance.

    Forbes :At times the forced saving rate has been as high as 50% of income. Today, employees under 50 years of age must set aside 20% of their wages and employers must contribute another 16%. These funds go into accounts where they grow through time until specific needs arise. For example, one of the uses for these savings is housing. About 90% of Singapore households are home owners – the highest rate of home ownership in the world.

    It is an idiotic naive and uninformed opinion from a blind writer at Forbes. CPF is NOT a retirement scheme. It is a SCAM of backdoor tax on peasant’s savings for the duration of the agreed terms to retirement age at 55 and thereafter, its continued imprisonment against the wishes of its rightful owners – in statutory and common law applications – amounts to theft of private property.

    If it was a means of retirement scheme as an alternative to welfare provision by the State, how come the PAPpy claims both inside and outside the political dog house that those money does not belong to CPF members??

    If it was retirement scheme as alternative to dependency on State welfare as in the West, how come there is such severe restriction on its return to retirees past 55.

    IT IS A DIRTY BUSINESS OF PUBLIC DECEPTION AND YOU PRETENDED NOT KNOWING. The original agreement was full withdrawal at 55, now the goalpost has been shift to “negotiation at the whims and fancy to sudden changes of the PAPpy’s directive to agree to negotiate again at 65 of further withdrawal rights – IN LAW IT IS A MONKEY OF CONTRACT DEVOID OF ITS CONTENTS OF ALL TERMS (negotiated or otherwise) at 65.

    Come age of 65, the terms can be shifted via “negotiation” again to receive your money only upon mortality.

    SO YOU ARE A LOUSY LIAR in this post comment.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Duck Rice

    THANK YOU FOR INFORMING US THAT YOU ARE A SCHOLAR OF AN ECONOMIST standing alongside Michael Sherraden of Washington University no less – congratulations, you must be among the “very clever” genes trolling here.

    DUCK RICE: For many years, the only two scholars in the Western world who paid much attention to Singapore were Washington University economist Michael Sherraden and me.

    I am actually very embarrassed to confess this – I failed my kindergarten leaving examination, so I am stuck at the kindy level – long time readers of TRE is aware of my academic handicap.

    BUT WE HOPE YOUR DEBATING SKILLS IN TRE henceforth will be more scholarly in depth and informing of substance than this opening comment in this thread as we also seen of your strange superficiality elsewhere noted by another bloggger, @ Brutal_truths too.

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  • Anon:

    Duck Rice and most so-called economist have forgotten (or more likely have never ever read) what the Father of modern capitalism Adam Smith had to say about caring for others less fortunate as a crucial cornerstone of a proper civil and progressive society. He asks rhetorically in An Inquiry into The Wealth of Nations;

    “Is the improvement in the circumstances of the lower ranks of the people to be regarded as an advantage, or as an inconveniency, to the society? The answer seems at first abundantly plain. Servants, labourers, and workmen of different kinds, make up the far greater part of every great political society. But what improves the circumstances of the greater part, can never be regarded as any inconveniency to the whole. No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable’ It is but equity, besides, that they who feed, clothe, and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed, and lodged.”.

    This goes entirely against the individualistic notion Duck Rice subscribes to;

    ”Each generation should pay its own way.Each family should pay its own way.Each individual should pay his own way’

    Such a view reflect an extreme naivety about the mechanisms of unbridled free market capitalism which a truncated reading of the Wealth of Nations appears to justify; one that stops in the first 26pages of this classic text.

    @oxygen; ‘ACADEMIC ECONOMISTS ARE MOSTLY DUMB’
    I sympathise with your derisory tone. However as an academic myself, I would venture to suggest that most academics (including especially economists) are SHALLOW thinkers who are unaware of their disciplinary roots. The towering intellectuals like Adam Smith were astute observers of the real world but today we have a bunch of ‘pretenders’. This is what led the economist Frederich Hayek to criticise his own discipline at his Nobel acceptance speech for its ‘pretense of knowledge’. A damming indictment. Most economists are blissfully unaware of the problems of epistemology (how we know that we know) and hence make claims that cannot in reality be substantiated. Aristotelian ‘phronesis’ (practical nous and wisdom) and ‘techne’ not ”episteme’ (abstract book knowledge) is what makes the world work.

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  • Mind Blowing:

    Yes, it is mind blowing that the Dafts overwhelming supported You Die Your Problem.

    I believe the Dafts mistook it for They Die Their Business. Because PAP keep telling us it’s an expensive program to fund, we will be paying more tax to fund these good for nothing freeloaders.

    Wait till bad things happen to you, you lost your job, have a family, parents, children to feed, a expensive housing loan to pay, how are you going to put food on the table? Then you will know that You and Your Entire Family Die is Your Business. But you can still try your luck at collecting cardboard, since the others are collecting for exercise, ask them to pass some of their cardboard to you.

    PAP has always been creating a divisive, elitist society. The belief is weak can go die, and it’s good for the rest. The truth is we will all grow old, we will all grow weak. Life at 40 and beyond is the scary stage, you have all your commitments, married, have kids, have housing loans, and you can easily be replaced by someone much younger and cheaper, who are willing to accept a lower pay due to their lack of monetary commitments. And it might not have anything to do with you have bad genes, being an inferior that needs to be wipe out by natural selection. This leads to a vicious cycle that discourage most from making babies.

    We must remember PAP allow foreigners to freely compete for our jobs so there is no more job security. The best they can do is the Wayang Job Bank. It just take some bad luck and you will be wipe out from the gene pool. Real life stories of being screwed goes unreported, so don’t think it can’t happen to you.

    DUCK RICE:
    “But Singapore has done something even more remarkable than its economic accomplishments. It has built an alternative to the European style welfare state. Think of all the reasons why people turn to government in other developed countries: retirement income, housing, education, medical care etc. In Singapore people are required to save to take care of these needs themselves.”

    “For many years, the only two scholars in the Western world who paid much attention to Singapore were Washington University economist Michael Sherraden and me. Michael approached the Singapore experience from a left-of-center perspective and I came from the opposite direction. We both ended in the same place: this is an alternative to the welfare state that works.”
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  • Bluff Who?:

    You are trying to bluff the dafts.

    US is a warmonger, they spend much more on wars than helping their own citizens.

    It’s all about misplaced priorities.

    I wonder what is PAP spending on instead of helping citizens in need. Not to forget that we have been shortchange through massive backdoor tax, PAP left us with a mere 2.5% interests while they pocket the extra. 2.5% interest in definitely not enough for retirement, no matter how much you save. Work till you die is the only option.

    DUCK RICE:
    If the United States had adopted a similar approach to public policy, there would be no deficit problem in this country.”

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  • What Sinkies refuses to know:

    Sinkies are easily scared by the PAP.
    You want more welfare? You have to pay more tax.
    This is total nonsense in the Singapore context.
    Why?
    The government is already overflowing with money taken from Singaporeans.
    Our CPF alone easily contribute $10,000,000,000 pure profit every year to the government. That, on average, is $3000 per Sinkie per year.
    We can demand $3000 welfare per person per year WITHOUT touching any official tax.
    70%, you very happy giving money to the government, right?

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  • Greedy PAP:

    What Sinkies refuses to know:
    Sinkies are easily scared by the PAP.
    You want more welfare? You have to pay more tax.
    This is total nonsense in the Singapore context.
    Why?
    The government is already overflowing with money taken from Singaporeans.
    Our CPF alone easily contribute $10,000,000,000 pure profit every year to the government. That, on average, is $3000 per Sinkie per year.
    We can demand $3000 welfare per person per year WITHOUT touching any official tax.
    70%, you very happy giving money to the government, right?

    You are right.

    Every month the Govt collects a billion plus from COE alone. And that’s real FREE money.

    Taxes are unavoidable. But PAP tax you two or three times for the same thing.

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  • Greedy PAP:

    You want change?

    Then you need to change this Govt.

    No backlash; just whining online it is not effective.

    PAP says WHO ASKED YOU TO GIVE US A BLANK CHEQUE?

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  • A Nation Of Dumb Parrots:

    Educated dafts already paying high taxes.
    All the hidden taxes and lack of any significant welfare benefits are already a form of taxes.

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  • Uncle Lim:

    We pay and pay, often double or tripled taxed for the same thing.

    But do we free education? No, that’s reserved for foreign students.

    Do we get TOP public security? No, only cardboard cops.

    Do we get a first class PM and Cabinet? No, only a scary clown and his yes men.

    Do we get a world class Parliament? No, we get only a Pariahment.

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  • RDB:

    @Greedy PAP: October 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm (Quote),

    You said:

    “Every month the Govt collects a billion plus from COE alone. And that’s real FREE money.

    Taxes are unavoidable. But PAP tax you two or three times for the same thing.”

    Beginning at 3% GST PAP already collecting some 1.5 Billion$s. By the time they raised it to 5%, L$L the Lee hSIEN LOOng told daft Singaporean that it was collected to help the poor. By the time it was raised to 7% GST, his DPM & Finance Minister Tharman could confidently & comfortably confirm that it won’r be raise to 10% on public query and outcry of 7%! And with influx of foreigners, they were already collecting much more than $10 billion!

    But PA’s dole for the poor was at $260/mth and idiot uncaring Christian girly MCYS minister Vivian Balakrisnan raised it to only $290/mth. When asked by Dr, Lily Neo if $10 a day was enough for 3 meals, he asked her, “Do you want kopitiam, food court or restaurant?”. This guy failed His Holy God Almighty big time. How will he on Judgement Day answer to Jesus on this? Erh Erh Erh will be his stumbling for sure!

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  • Brutal_Truths:

    oxygen: BUT WE HOPE YOUR DEBATING SKILLS IN TRE henceforth will be more scholarly in depth and informing of substance than this opening comment in this thread as we also seen of your strange superficiality elsewhere noted by another blogger, @ Brutal_truths too

    Thank you, oxygen! I’ve got no problems with Ducky especially after knowing that he claimed to be an top-class academic. I’m not a brilliant person like him; & I certainly conceded under PAP’s Meritocracy Policy that I’m a failure of the Spore system! I’d admit that I’ve failed Kindy leaving exams, too & like oxygen, am aware of my academic handicap & shortcomings!
    But I consider myself to be a product from THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS – meaning everytime I get knocked down to the ground, I get up, dust myself & get cracking again by doing things differently. There is no degree, diploma nor paper qualification from this school. Simply, you learn, adjust & reconfigure your understanding of life especially the twists & turns that causes you grief. Long & short is that ‘BEEN THERE, DONE THAT’ & with life’s lessons, you can’t bluff me.

    DUCK RICE: If the United States had adopted a similar approach to public policy, there would be no deficit problem in this country.

    US deficit problem is not a consequence of a welfare state but rather, an issue with their foreign policy & the fact that the US govt bailed out Wall Street failures (re: 2008 GFC bailout). It’s mischievous, twisted statement from an academic.

    DUCK RICE: why people turn to government in other developed countries: retirement income, housing, education, medical care etc. In Singapore people are required to save to take care of these needs themselves

    Another twisted & flawed logic – we save but the PAP subjected our CPF savings to market-oriented logic & a ‘for profit’ tag on Public Goods & services. People are indebted to 30-35 years mortgage loans; healthcare systems are based on Corporate Medicine (3rd world healthcare workers, 1st world billing rates) & basic education has failed (govt cleverly shifted educational costs eg. tuition, enrichment & extra coaching to parents) with students’ faces forcibly glued to books. Care to explain?

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  • Brutal_Truths:

    DUCK RICE: The existing social safety net is adequate for now and if we do give in to the demands of proponents of welfare,how will we fund this expensive exercise? By raising tax? By digging into our reserves?

    Total misunderstanding about the welfare state & the issues of Public Goods & Services. You show a distinct lack of knowledge about politics, finance & economics in relation to the welfare state. Dunno what kind of Professorship or Academic stream are you in but I don’t buy your kind of economics theory!
    1. PAP WELFARE DEFICIENT STRATEGY
    PAP eschews welfarism simply because the PAP opted for a Financial Strategy – AAA+ rating to benefit their SWF. A triple A credit rating benefits Temasek & GIC in borrowing from capital markets at competitive rates. By being stingy with welfare programs, PAP easily meets the triple A rating criteria.
    2. MARKET ORIENTED PUBLIC GOODS
    All the metrics for Public Goods (PAP using a market oriented philosophy) in S’pore shows systemic failure; in Public transportation – All points to failure eg. regular MRT breakdowns, bus congestion, SMRT privatization & BPLRT continuity conundrum.
    In Public Education & Meritocracy, all signs point to failure! Despite great rankings in Global tests, local’s job failures in the domestic job market to inferior quality foreigners (with fake, forged & bought degrees) tells a good story! SGX Bourse with GLCs & Meritocratic Scholar management went through a 50% decline in SGX Capitalization in 10 years. NOL under meritocratic scholar management was sold to CMA-CGM after years of financial underperformance. SMRT also under meritocratic scholar management had to be privatized to fix ongoing maintenance problems.
    Public Healthcare also has many questions eg. SGH Hep C outbreak/deaths; Zika virus outbreak (suddenly accelerated to hundred cases within weeks) & Ang Mo Kio TB Cluster Blocks.
    3. Subsidy, rebates, vouchers & pioneer generation benefits – all points to vote-buying from a desperate govt fearing loss of Parliamentary seats during GE 2015. What is a govt when it has to ‘splash the cash’ welfare schemes in order to buy votes? It shows a distinct lack of forward planning, creative initiatives & a clear strategy – rather a sign of desperation. GE 2015 was heavily tinged with LKY-nostalgia achieving 70% success. But what’s next for GE 2020? Flip-flop; flip-flop!

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  • Too late:

    Uncle Lim:
    We pay and pay, often double or tripled taxed for the same thing.

    But do we free education? No, that’s reserved for foreign students.

    Do we get TOP public security? No, only cardboard cops.

    Do we get a first class PM and Cabinet? No, only a scary clown and his yes men.

    Do we get a world class Parliament? No, we get only a Pariahment.

    Haha, I love what you said!

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  • Aunty Lucy:

    Macritchie carparks now payable. Changi Beach too. Went there recently. Both places deserted. Used to be crowded when carparks were free.

    Now they are eyeing the carparks in schools. Can’t let go. Too much $$$ at stake. Greedy MIW.

    SOME MIW know it is not right but they’ve prostituted themselves to the Dynastic ambitious PM (so claimed his own Sister).

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  • LIONS:

    PAP applies a ‘TOT’ practice to suck common sgs dry.
    they have plenty of schemes to ensure they COLELCT MORE MONEY via ‘TAX ON TAX’ policy.
    take your humble NISSAN OR TOTOTA.
    you can buy a MERC ina first world country???

    PARF/COE/ERP=PAP!

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  • oxygen:

    THE ANTI-WELFARE MOB in the PAPpy tribe is a bunch of D*CKHEADS – they can’t think beyond robotics rigidity of their own dumb logic.

    :U.K. And more so, the Scandinavian countries well understand this problem and that is why they have opted for a higher degree of welfarism as an integral part of their national economic policy with impressive success. It shows you can have welfare state and still be economically competitive; something our ‘great leader’ seemed unable to comprehend

    Even their “divine” PAST TENSE DON’T AGREE with them in his final words – One Man’s View of the World.

    The anti-welfare self-centred greedy pigs DO NOT UNDERSTAND that welfare is giving someone a hand UP instead of a hand OUT. It is with welfare support safety net that this country can generate the seeds of entrepreneurial risks-taking -some will incubate to success on the global stage. Down Under I see these happening every day.

    Rocks in the head

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/the-millionaires-with-rocks-in-their-heads/story-e6frg9df-1111114790162

    Terry Streeter Nickel Vegetables

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/at-69-streeter-takes-a-road-less-travelled/story-e6frg9df-1226766424611

    And Andrew Forrest, in the days of iron-ore boom Down Under was its richest billionaire. He started and operate Fortescue Metal Group with a few shillings of pocket change, borrowed the lounge room of his mate’s office and their telephone – EVEN HIS TOP LEGAL ADVISING TEAM did NOT have a luxury of a rented office but contactable only via email,telephone or fax as and when required.

    Please read paragraph 366 of the text of his legal case defending proceedings from Australian Securities & Investment Commission.

    http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sinodisp/au/cases/cth/FCA/2009/1586.html?stem=0&synonyms=0&query=Andrew%20Forrest%20%20%20lounge

    Here is the relevant text.

    :Before about mid 2004, FMG did not have an in-house legal team. Peter Huston, a lawyer from Troika Legal Ltd, started employment at FMG (and worked in its office) from about the latter half of 2004. His assistant, Hsin-Luen Tan also worked at FMG. Prior to that time, Huston and Tan were contactable for legal advice by telephone, email or fax as and when required.

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  • culture of ensuring taxes:

    //Nobody wants to pay higher taxes. But if they can see the tangible benefits that result from higher taxes they will begin to appreciate that this is what characterises an enlightened and civilised society,//

    it is more of the culture of ensuring taxes (high or low) of putting into good use against treating it as a personal ‘kitty’ to enrich more for oneself (‘corrupting’ public officers and their kaki lang).

    first world countries do not necessarily mean first world culture because first world trappings may be just an outer skin (facade) behind which third world behaviors may be hidden from views.

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  • needs of the white idiots:

    //people are required to save to take care of these needs themselves//

    look in from another perspective (by doing some mental gymnastics), sinkie land people are required (plenty of mandatory white idiotic rent-seeking) to take care of the needs of the white idiots first and them themselves.

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  • LIONS:

    It irks me to note that the daft sg-gahMEN keeps collecting more taxes from common shs
    while furnishing very insignificant levels of SOCIAL BENEFITS tothe taxpayets
    who need to shoulder the SOCIAL COSTS associated with their SQUANDERING
    on themselves n FOREIGNERS like FOREIGN TOO BIG TO FAIL BANKS N FT-scholarSHITS.

    Taxing n Taxing the common citizens via various schemes in am environment of LOCAL JOBLESSNESS
    is surely NOT WHAT OTHER FIRST WORLD GOVT IN A TRULY COMPETITIVE N TRANSPATENT PARLIAMENT
    would normally do or is it???!

    The economy cannot sustain if the blardy govt continues in this daft manner.
    Instead, a wise n smart govt would INJECT INTO THE RIGHT PUBLIC SPENDINGS/projects
    to help re-energise the economic engine?
    This MATHS-TRIPOS PM should graciously STEP DOWN N LET MR THARMAN DO THE JOB.
    It is obvious in these ten years that his leadership has been one NIG FLOP!

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  • Neo:

    If higher taxes will result in poor being taken care of or those jobless being provided for till they found a job will be fine with anyone. But then this place the increase in tax will only enrich the rich and enslave the poor. Anyway the DAFT LESSER MORTALS will agreed to whatever tax amount being thrown at them without question. They believe GST hike is to help the poor. Increase in transport fare to make it MORE AFFORDABLE. More tax anyone?

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  • [email protected]:

    Ha ha ha, 70% daft still don’t realise we are paying high taxes thru, high coe, high hdb prices, high cars taxes, high petrol taxes (in U.S.you only pay US$2 plus for a gallon. One gallon is equivalent to almost 4 litres), ERP charges, water consumption tax, tobacco taxes, liquor taxes, high medical charges etc. The other thing is that the returns from our CPF investments are taken away by paying us on 2.5% interests.

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  • PAP STUPID:

    People are not stupid.

    We know what lousy returns we get for paying and paying all forms of direct and indirect taxes.

    If PAP were a business company it’d have folded Long ago. And the Cabinet sacked Long ago too. Like NOL.

    It abuses its authority and power to remain in power and to overpay themselves.

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  • RDB:

    @[email protected]: October 17, 2016 at 3:19 pm (Quote)

    … high petrol taxes (in U.S.you only pay US$2 plus for a gallon. One gallon is equivalent to almost 4 litres), …

    =======

    Note that 1 British gallon = to 4.5 litres hor. Do your due diligence check before coming here to misled us as an “oldvampire” with not even early secondary science knowledge please. See how dafts and also non-dafts of Past Tense oso not correct you! How to get rid of PEE AND POO PAP this way har?

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  • LIONS:

    think better replace some of the useless ministers n mos with good sgs in order to re-orgnaise the ailing sg economy.

    seek advice form sg-gentlemen like LIM CHONG YAH.

    IN A DOWN-TURN,THE GOVT SHOULD INJECT FUNDS INTO THE SYSTME RATHER THAN WITHDRAW like how it has been doing past decade’LOONG’???

    DIGGING THE ROADS AND THEN REFILLING THEM does not help to rejuvenate the economy in any meaningful way;this,the govt should know as it has been taking this daft path for donkey eyars and sgs are still SUFFERRING?!

    THE MORE ROADS THEY DIG N REFILL,THE MORE SGS GET OURT OF JOBS AND BECOME POORER COS THEY HAVE TO pay and pay even more in ordre for the govt to CONTINUE BRINGING IN MORE THIRD WORLD labouersrs/contracotrs to carry out those economically useless jobs???

    CREATE PROPER N DECENT JOBS FOR THE PEOPLE,NOT CREATE JOBS FOR FTs – to fulfil FTAs’ requirement – by taking jobs away from sgs.

    past 10/15 years has shown SG ECONOMY CANNOT SURVIVE ON RECKLES IMPORTSTIONS OF FTs just to make them PRs/new shitizens by taking the SAME JOBS AWYA FROM SGS.
    PM LEE,DO YOU UNDERSTAND??

    THINK YOU BETTERER GO SEEK HELP FROM LIM CHONG YAH OR HIS STUDENTS,your ECONOMICS SUCKS BIG TIME!!!!

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