HST. Buy the ticket. Pay the Tax. Take the ride.

hstTomorrow we get a new tax, the HST or Harmonized Sales tax. It’s just what we need after the G20 fiasco, harmony.

Politics is the art of controlling your environment.  – Hunter S. Thompson.

We haven’t done much to try to stop the tax. Canadians are an accepting bunch. Why try to change something that can’t be changed, right?

Tax is the money side of politics. I’m not political. I feel the same way about politics as I do about Chinese opera and daytime TV. It’s a necessary evil. It’s something there for those who like it, something to glance at for the rest of us.

I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes. – Hunter S. Thompson.

When the HST first started being discussed in the media I have to admit that I thought about Hunter S. Thompson. Not only because he shares the initials but because of the way the government promoted the new tax as a great thing for all Ontarians. It was a pretty slick campaign. Hunter S. Thompson might have thought so too.

I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours. – HST

In honor of the HST, here are two more quotes from HST.

There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It’s a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die.

Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.

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