Except nobody hands over their PAYE. One doesn't stand in a queue patiently waiting to make their contribution to government thinking how much better off someone is going to be because of it."The reason people hand over their PAYE at the end of the week or fortnight... is because they think we are making a difference to someone else's life." Bill English
There is no choice. Paying tax is compulsory. If it weren't, many would have long since concluded that an institution wasting or misspending so much isn't worthy of support. If there was a queue, it'd be a very short one.
As well as a fib, it's an incredibly conceited statement. It reveals the disconnect politicians have with common people.
Tax is unseen. There is no opportunity for the payer to consider whether he or she is happy with what it buys. That is the way government wants it to be. PAYE perfectly suits their purposes; gone before the person who earned it has any ability to value it.
A government truly convinced it was the best supplier of services - social, health and education - would allow an opt-out choice. For example, it would provide a tax exemption for people would bought private healthcare. Or a tax exemption for those who sent their children to private schools or home-schooled them.
That's never going to happen because the revenue collected from people who pay twice is crucial to the continuation of the deceit.
The reason people "hand over their PAYE" is because they have no choice. Unfortunately, most have become quite passive or apathetic about this reality. If no choice exists then what's the point of considering whether the outcomes are desirable?
From there, it is an impossible stretch to expect people to consider whether taxation is even morally sound.
Yes, agents of the state have us right where they want us.
And to add insult, the Finance Minister then has the audacity to tell us what we think. Un-bloody-believable.