Well then so are taxes that go toward the debt, and education - they are
significant expenditures for government.
Who uses "standard of living" anymore?? Not even Economists. Standard of
living is just GDP per capita which is not an accurate measure because it
does not differentiate between consumer and capital goods; it does not take
income distribution into account; it does not take account of differences
in the economic goods and services that are not measured in GDP at all; it
is also crippled by the vagaries of translating income measures into a
common currency for comparison.
GDP - the sum total of goods and services sold in a country. Hmmmm, you
think the *massive* amounts of money spent on defence in the US (on a per
capita basis) might skew the USs GDP up a tad? The US accounts for more
than 50% of global military spending, but don't have quite 50% of the
population of the planet, so this tends to skew standard of living.
That healthcare system is a big part of why Canada consistently ranks in
the top few countries to live in (in non-Canadian studies):
Are we perfect? Far from it. But we're pretty damn good.
But it's not technically entirely a "sales tax". The OP lives in the
Canadian province of Ontario. 8% of that 13% is a direct sales tax by the
province (state). The other 5% is a federal goods and services tax.
That may happen sooner rather than later.
The current tyrant...Premier, sorry...is not too popular just now, and
there's an election coming soon. (A Canadian Premier is equivalent to a US
Governor, but with **WAY** more power.)
Point of order! Nova Scotia. ;0)
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is administered by the federal government
and applies to all goods and services with some exceptions. It combines the
federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5 per cent and Nova Scotia's
"value-added" tax of 8 per cent.
Quotes around "value-added" are mine.
I sit corrected.
Ontario is scheduled to have an HST as of next April or something like
that. The new HST means all sorts of stuff (services, specifically) that's
currently exempt from the sales tax will be roped into the new HST.
Tyrant McGuinty will probably lose his job over it too. I hope.
So NS has a provincial value-added tax and not a sales tax? Then you have a
/double/ value-added tax! The federal GST is officially also a value-added
Time for a Tea Party, I say.
The Hair-ball Skeleton Tax (AKA Harmonized Sales Tax, HST) is scheduled to
be puked on Ontarians July 1/2010 (if it's legislated).
8% more on gasoline, heat, electricity, labour, etc.... this is what the
people of the Province Of Ontario get when Premier Dalton Mcguinty starts
barfing-up all those kittens he ate. Empty pockets and furry bones all
over the place.
Are these the spring bolts? If so, they tend to get really thin once the
rust eats away at them for long enough. This is possible in a car that's
had 7 eastern-Canadian winters under its belt. If the bolts break, the
exhaust aft of the cat can fall down get damaged.
I'd ask the Service Advisor to show you what they look like.
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