Ireland will not continue as a low-tax country, says EU's Rehn - The Irish Times - Sat, Oct 02, 2010
We apparently have to start paying "normal tax".
Awesome! Does this mean we'll now get "normal" services? This guy wants us to pay the same taxes as most European countries. Most of those have universal healthcare that is free or vastly vastly cheaper and subsidised. They have cheaper transport. They have cheaper energy bills. Low cost wide broadband coverage.
So all those things are what you get when you pay more taxes? Cool! So if I pay more tax, then I guess I can cancel our health insurance then, as the new universal healthcare will kick in and we won't need private insurance anymore. Great! I can also go and see the GP for free or for a good bit less than 60euro, and get cheap medicine. I'm ALL FOR IT!
Then I can look forward to paying "normal" prices for my electricity, which sure will save some money, I can tell you. And odds are good I can get the train from Dublin to Kerry for less than the bones of 80 quid if the fancy so takes me.
I really think that this paying "normal" taxes lark will save me more money in the long run.
Oh, wait. They did mean they were going to use my tax money for services and infrastructure, right? Like what you're supposed to use tax money for?
Not surely, to put into Anglo. And pay the Taoiseach more than the President of the USA?
I'm sure that's not the case.