33 A BENEV0LENT DICTATOR
The following quotation has been around for at least 100 years. “ A democracy is always temporary in nature; It simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.” Our current political parties have been making such promises, but delivering to the few, for some time, inviting the collapse of our society at any time.
The cover of the book “Irresponsible Government”, by Brent Rathgeber, states “a Canadian prime minister with a majority is now able to run the government practically as a dictator”. The political parties have been engendering a form of dictatorship by our political leaders, with their increasing power of decision making and control, which is in turn controlled by a political party, in turn controlled by those who provide the funding required for marketing and advertising of the promises of benefits from the public treasury. Such Dictatorship can never be “Benevolent”. Such Dictatorship is based on Money and profits, not the welfare of people.
It may be that only a Benevolent Dictator that can accomplish the basic reforms necessary to save our society. Without control by the favoured elite, a benevolent dictator might dictate to:
- Abolish “income tax”, the tax on work and production. No one should pay tax on the income they earn for what they do for others, and the wealth they produce for their society.
- Establish a graduated tax on standard of living, “consumption”. That which people consume, which comes from the wealth of our country, that has been created from our human and natural resources.
- Pay a “reverse of the standard of living tax” which would assure all citizens sufficient funds to provide a basic living. Every Canadian who enjoys the benefits of our society would be responsible for the basic needs of those unable to provide the same for themselves. Canada already has a “reverse income tax” in the form of the “Canada Child Tax Benefits”.
- Eliminate the multitude of administrative “programes”, applying different rules to different needs, and simply pay those in need with weekly cash (debit card) money sufficient for a minimum “standard of living”. The present degrading bureaucratic determination of individual need and payment monthly, degrades individuals and wastes administrative costs. To expect adequate budgeting of funds received monthly is not possible for many, especially those with minimum funds.
- Protect citizens from loss of home by financial institutions which have burdened the homeowners with debt beyond their reasonable ability to make the payments.
- Cancel all consumer debt created by finance charges and penalties and any debt not secured by assets. Funds recovered by bankruptcy or receivership would be allocated to creditors, firstly in full to the first loan made, then to other loans in order. Limit rates of interest or finance charges to a fixed spread over the rate paid on deposits.
- Restrict the expenditure of public treasury funds for advanced education to only that education which may be beneficial to the society as a whole. Support people not institutions or programes. In a country importing skills for its development and maintenance, public funds should first be committed to filling those needs.
- Abandon the concept of Government administered health services. Assure that those who need necessary care are provided the financial resources that they are unable to provide by themselves. Support people not programs. Assure that consumption of health services remains a personal responsibility with control remaining with individuals, those who know and realize the benefit paid for them. Require that an amount equal to 10% of annual income of an individual or family be paid toward their annual health care costs.