Having announced plans to implement a carbon tax, Alberta's NDP government has finally exposed itself for what it truly represents: Socialism. Pure, unbridled socialism.
This is the face of wealth redistribution, via taxing the very essence of a modern economy: carbon.
The NDP government will vehemently deny any suggestions it is such, chiefly due to the fact that socialism is a very dirty word in Western society (and justifiably so).
A central tenet of socialism relies on the concentration of power. In a capitalist economy, the most physical manifestation of power is wealth. Under socialism, this wealth is taken out of the hands of the individual and placed into the hands of the government.
The thing about provincial government power is it that is entirely arbitrary, if the ruling party has a majority (which it does). Rachael Notley is free to do as she wishes with this wealth, rewarding this union or that, subsidizing this renewable resource company or that, all in a futile attempt to satiate her enormous socialist appetite of spending money that isn’t hers.
The depressing truth about this situation is the next available correcting mechanism, an election, is over three long years away.
The additional wealth Notley has decided to appropriate is no small amount. The new carbon tax alone will rob $3 billion dollars from individual Albertans this year. This calculation is entirely separate from the laundry list of new taxes thrown at Albertans under the recently released "attack budget."
This is unsurprising, as "taxation" is a socialist’s favorite word. How else can a government concentrate power and make it appear legitimate?
But taxation serves another, more Machiavellian purpose: arbitrarily determined “bad behavior” is directly punished through government taxation.
Socialism wouldn’t be such without the systematic and increasingly invasive meddling of the government in the lives of private citizens.
In our brave new world of Alberta, heating your house in the dead of winter is deemed a punishable behavior, along with driving anything that burns gas. Or buying anything that at any point of its creation and delivery has anything to do with fossil fuels. So pretty much doing or buying anything.
Only a carbon tax can so easily directly punish every facet of a modern economy.
Some may ask, how could Alberta’s government so shamelessly punish the people it governs? The answer becomes increasingly clear with every new policy released by the NDP.
The NDP hates everything about Alberta.
They hate that fossil fuel extraction is the primary driver of economic growth and a massive contributor to employment.
They hate the self-reliance and conservative views of rural Albertans.
They hate that most Albertans are opposed to accepting thousands of unscreened refugees into their communities.
But of course you won’t hear Rachel Notley outwardly say this. She sugarcoats her radical views, casting her hate for the present Alberta into something more benign, such as Alberta merely being the “embarrassing cousin no one wants to talk about”.
Rachel Notley and her merry band of urban progressives badly want to change this status quo, and an economy wide carbon tax is just one of many more stepping stones to come, all leading Alberta onto the path of government empowerment and economic ruin.
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