The Left is always on about the need to raise taxes, the need for folks (especially the rich, but in general, too) to pay more to government in order to get all the services government is supposed to provide.
Now they’ve been called out and their hypocrisy exposed empirically, at least in one nation that our own Left wants us to emulate.
Hammered by the opposition for slashing taxes and going on a spending spree with the country’s oil money, the center-right government [of Norway] has hit back with a bold proposal: voluntary contributions.
Launched in June, the initiative has received a lukewarm reception, with the equivalent of just $1,325 in extra revenue being collected so far, according to the Finance Ministry.
Finance Minister Siv Jensen:
The tax scheme was set up to allow those who want to pay more taxes to do so in a simple and straightforward way. If anyone thinks the tax level is too low, they now have the chance to pay more.
Jonas Gahr Store, with a net worth of $8 million (and a leading Labour Party politician), is one of those refusing to pay more than tax law requires, even though the rate, he insists, is too low. Now it’s personal, though; he’s not dealing with anonymous OPM.
“Pay up, Sucka–”