It's Tax Freedom Day. In other words, you've effectively spent the last four months and eight days working for the Government. pic.twitter.com/0ZtA418Jns— David Seymour (@dbseymour) May 8, 2017
It didn't go well, to be honest. Perhaps not as badly as when his predecessor as leader of ACT endorsed incest, but its fair to say that David did struggle a bit. In the heat of battle, he divided the population into "net taxpayers" and others, but then this happened.
No, it doesn't make sense, and Mr Seymour was deservedly ridiculed. Then a deeper question was asked
This is a good question because Davy-boy is inviting us to consider whether we've paid more than we got back, but cash payments massively understate the value given by community volunteers, and the value received by everyone from public good institutions such as schools, hospitals, firefighting, police and the prison/rehab sector.
So, no-one can actually tell whether they're a "net taxpayer" without attaching a value to their consumption of public goods. Dean is obviously OK with being a "net taxpayer" because he feels that the broader deal is acceptable. Mr Seymour would prefer we only look at the ca$h because.....?