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Act's Tax Campaign for Fanfare Not forFreedom


Act's Tax Campaign for Fanfare Not forFreedom

On 10 April this year, the ACT party launched a(nother) campaign for lower taxation. Libertarianz Finance Spokesman, Stephen Berry comments that "while the tax cut program is desirable as compared to the current Government direction, the ACT plan lacks any principle. The ACT party doesn't care that tax money belongs to individuals, only that it is presently 'affordable' to stop taking so much from individuals as before."

Berry elaborated by noting that "the ACT party may claim to stand for freedom, but they have no hope of comparing themselves to the stand for freedom made by the Libertarianz. The Libertarianz are committed to a program of tax cuts which will eventually wind back the functions of Government, making compulsory taxation a memory." Richard Prebble has told the media that taxes can be lowered "without cutting a cent of Government spending". Berry responds by asking Mr Prebble what's wrong with cutting government spending? "And, why not start the cuts at Pipitea Street?" he asks.

Stephen Berry believes that there are no moral foundation behind the ACT push for tax cuts, stating that "ACT is trying to do what is popular, not what is right. They refuse to relinquish the idea that Governments have a right to your money because to do so may make it harder for ACT to ever get on the Government benches."

"If New Zealanders wish to be free of Government theft and the IRD fist, they need to support a party which is committed to ending compulsory taxation. The Libertarianz Party is committed to such a goal, ACT only wants to minimise taxation for political gain." The spokesman finished saying, "Hiding behind a liberal name tag cannot disguise the fact that ACT simply supports a lesser degree of state control than Labour, rather than freedom for individuals."

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