That’s why I would be pleasantly surprised. Let’s wait to see the DPPs ‘socialist’ credentials…
By the way improrting so many low paid workers especially labourers , is keeping the local wage pinned down. The government kind of owes locals such as aborigines (80% of aboriginal men work in manual jobs) cos they are fucking with their livelihood with the current system. I don’t blame labourers for coming here either though, they should get treated fairly.
Here are your words, straight from the horse’s mouth:
Think about that for a moment. How could that not mean all taxation is robbery? You earn it, but the government decides how to spend it is exactly what taxation is.
If you decide how the government should spend it, you can just give your part back to yourself, in which case it’s not really taxation (or anything) anymore.
If the problem is that the government is spending it on something you don’t like (i.e. giving money to the poor – the horror, the horror), but not that the government is making the decision without your approval, that’s a peculiar definition of robbery.
True, it’s an arbitrary cutoff, but there’s nothing unusual about that. A hongbao without a cutoff would be the Great Satan of US conservatives, the dreaded UBI!
I think you’re reading a bit too much into this, but I confess I haven’t held a microscope to the DPP. Did they really portray themselves as fiscally conservative in 2016?
There would be contentious debates over the definitions of income and exemption, but it’s at least theoretically feasible.
It would still be the state deciding how to spend the money you’ve earned, though.
I’m referring to this bit of robbery, where the taxes of those earning >30k/mo will be distributed to those making less.
Read carefully, especially my last bit. Taxation and tax collection is a valid act of government.
This one I disagree with, though. The income cutoff is arbitrary, it imposes a level of egalitarianism on Taiwanese that they may not have voted for, and the confiscated tax dollars will be used to bolster support for the government.
Go fight your battles against the e-vile US conservatives elsewhere, my friend.
There are so many better things Taiwan can use that money for. The NHI pot, setting up a decent unemployment insurance scheme that actually provides a living wage, investing in a more robust pension scheme, all of this benefits everyone rather than vote pandering.