Show notes for Episode 58
Posted by Ethan Clow on April 14, 2010
Radio Freethinker Episode 58 – HST email and Polish conspiracy, interview with Dr. Rob Tarzwell on homeopathy and upcoming debate with Dr. Hugh Ross
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Song: Don’t Want no HST by Rock 101
Email on HST –
Why do economists like it?
– “Examination of detailed revenue data for the RSTs showed that effective tax rates on business inputs including capital goods are remarkably high. Eliminating such taxes through harmonization would have substantial effects on business investment. By my preferred estimate, annual machinery and equipment investment in harmonizing provinces rose 12.2 per cent above trend levels in the years following the 1997 sales tax reform. Given the high taxes on capital inputs in the remaining provinces, it seems reasonable to expect a similarly large short-run effect of reform on investment in the RST provinces as well.” – Michael Smart – http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~msmart/wp/hstimpacts2.pdf
– “The necessary counterpart of the observation about RST input taxes is that a revenue neutral harmonization would increase statutory tax burdens on consumers substantially, especially through the broadening of the base to include purchases of new homes. This shift in statutory burdens is typically regarded as a major obstacle to implementing such a reform. The question is to what extent shifts in statutory burdens are reflected in shifts in true economic incidence, which in turn depends on the extent to which input taxes are shifted forward to consumers, or backward to factors of production, under the existing RSTs.” – Michael Smart
Dr. Rob Tarzwell on Homeopathy
Dr. Rob Tarzwell on upcoming debate with Hugh Ross.
Friday April 16th at 7:00pm at UBC’s Woodward building room #2 – CFI DEBATE: PUTTING GOD TO THE TEST – Dr. Rob Tarzwell debates Dr. Hugh Ross on the existence of God through a scientific context. The debate will be moderated by David Berner. Facebook event. Meetup event.
Friday April 17th at 7:00pm at 10th Avenue Church – CFI DEBATE: WHAT’S RIGHT AND WHAT’S WRONG WITH CHRISTIANITY? – Brian Lynchehaun will debate Hugh Ross on what’s right and what’s wrong with Christianity. Facebook event. Meetup event.
Thursday April 22nd at 7:30pm at SFU Harbour Centre (Room TBA) CFI LECTURE SERIES: HOW THE BRAIN LIES – Centre for Inquiry Vancouver is proud to present a talk by Radio Freethinker co-host Rob Teszka on how the brain lies.