According to the London Free Press, GoodLife Fitness Clubs owner David Patchell-Evans and the Fitness Industry Council of Canada are urging the federal finance department to make fitness club memberships tax deductible.
Do tell… a government that represents Canadians receives benefits for itself, independent of Canadians? The indirect benefit, even if Patchell-Evans is understood to be appropriating an aggregate of individual Canadians under the banner of government, can only be supposed at best — without accomodatingly flexible social science metrics, that is — and clearly is not inclusive of those Canadians who get their exercise outside of a gym. But the financial benefits of specific incentives to targeted industries, of which Patchell-Evans is a member, are on the other hand incontestable…
"The benefit to the government is huge."
… which makes these kinds of incentives nothing more nor less than indirect tax subsidies, as the shortfall in revenue must be adjusted for against the demands of other targeted tax subsidies. Why not eliminate all tax deductions and indirect tax subsidies to business altogether, and reduce the tax rate wholesale? Give Canadians the resources to act upon their own incentives instead of the government's. When did we start working out for the government instead of ourselves?
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Sunday, September 24, 2006