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I've never heard that kind of reasoning for increasing corporate taxes before. Do you have evidence of anyone using it?

I think the more common justification is simply to "make corporations pay" under the delusion that such costs don't affect workers and customers alike. Much better would be to (a) bring the GST back to 7% with an expanded rebate program and (b) add an extra high income tax bracket, keeping in mind that personal capital gains are income like anything else.

I think the more common justification is simply to "make corporations pay"

That sounds a lot more familiar.

under the delusion that such costs don't affect workers and customers alike.

No, under the reality that corporate tax cuts don't benefit workers and customers alike.

Well, either corporate profits are being paid out in dividends and bonuses - in which case they're taxed like income - or they're reinvested back. Corporations aren't people, and raising corporate taxes is like bringing back the manufacturers' sales tax as an alternative to raising the GST. Either way, we still pay for it, but some ways of paying are better and more efficient than others.

New Democrat Bill Tieleman offers up a similar argument against cutting corporate taxes while complaining about how most pundits rubbished Layton.

Memo to the NDP: value judgments about Wall Street don't address the effect of corporate taxes on investment and wages, and economic ignorance won't help you benefit the working class.

Reminds me of something Churchill said:

"Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon."

I've never heard that kind of reasoning for increasing corporate taxes before.

You've heard of others? Do tell.

That's okay. It's not as though you had a point.

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