Rodney Hide discusses why organisations like the taxpayers’ Union and presumably the Auckland ratepayers’ Alliance are so important.
Recently they have been highlighting waste in government departments; that while they are small in the overall scheme of things these small amounts add up.
But that spending is peanuts compared to the true waste of government. Try explaining to a journalist the deadweight cost of tax. That’s the loss of all the wealth-creating trades nixed because of tax.
Taxes hike the cost of everything. That means fewer people employed, less bought and sold, and a multitude of investment projects that never get off the ground. In the absence of government all those trades would fly. The cost is in the billions. The waste is horrific. And it’s never seen, nor remarked upon.
Think of the businesses and projects that never happen because of red tape. That’s the waste of government.
The kids who can’t read, write and do arithmetic. That’s because the state runs the schools. Think of the lost human potential because of that.
Look at the families, broken and busted, neighbourhoods, indeed entire communities, left without hope and opportunity because the government thinks it a good idea to pay mums to have children and dads to do nothing.
The resulting hopelessness and despair, and their tragic consequences, are the true waste of government. Read more »