I see there is a call for “heroic” student loan holders overseas to help pay for the Christchurch earthquake. When I first saw this I thought it was an interesting idea then I saw that the IRD has set up a page and a process for it and realised this has the government’s backing.
At a time when company tax is just about to be dropped again, and it is becoming apparent that last year’s tax cuts for the rich are unfordable, putting the guilts on people with student loans to help pay for the Christchurch earthquake seems less like heroics and more like cynicism.
But I might just be looking at things too cynically myself. That’s why I’d like to start a campaign for all of those who got tax cuts to write a cheque for the difference between their cuts and the rise in gst and mail it to IRD (sorry the government won’t set up an IRD page for me):
PO Box 39050
Wellington Mail Centre
Lower Hutt 5045
Or even better yet the government could just reverse the tax cuts for the rich and use that to pay for Christchurch. Or is it only heroic when people who can’t afford to pay are the ones who do? Because if it is then Bill English is looking to make heroes of a lot of poor bastards this year.