99 Problems But Freedom Ain’t One

Only In Practice

Edmund Opitz once wrote: “All money spent by the governing group is taken from private citizens – who otherwise would spend it quite differently on goods of their choice.”

MacLean’s Magazine has compiled a list of “99 stupid things the government did with your money” in 2012. Some of the lowlights include:

  • a $10,000 entry fee for Roberto Luongo, the current Vancouver Canucks bench-warmer who also happens to have a decade remaining on his $64-million contract, at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas
  • $40,000 for the Bank of Canada to promote its new highly durable $20 polymer bill
  • $750,000 to snoop on “ethnic media” coverage of immigration minister Jason Kenney and his department
  • a $56,000 photo op featuring Jim Flaherty which showcased the elimination of the penny from circulation
  • a $115,000 grant to a struggling municipal golf course to help them improve, among other things, the weather


The average Canadian pays 43% of his or her income to taxes. Canadians pay more in taxes than they spend on food, clothing and shelter – basic necessities of life – combined.

Tax cuts increase liberty. How would you spend your own money if you had the freedom to keep it?

Read the remainder of “99 stupid things the government did with your money: Part I” at www.macleans.ca.

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    Gregory Cummings writes about Canadian monetary and economic policy. His writing has been featured at the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada and the Ludwig von Mises Institute's Mises Daily publication. Read more.

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