Originally Posted by Spork
Poor single moms that couldn't use contraception, plan a career, or cut back on discretionary spending. Boo hoo.
When one of these poor single moms has to choose between feeding herself and her kids or paying her rent because the cost of living is so high, and then the government goes right ahead and makes everything in life 7% more expensive? Yeah that's a bit of bitch slap where it counts. Have you not been to a grocery store lately there Spork? Shit already cost more than it should. This isn't 1960 where a loaf of bread and a pound of beef costs 75 cents. No, inflation has hit everything, and before July, we only had to pay an extra 5% on top of the cost of food. Now we pay an extra 7%, along with that 5%. So, while that may not seem very much, but when you only have a budget for $200/mo for food? That's a LOT of money that you should not have to spend.
I'm no single mother, in fact, I'm a guy. However, I can empathize with single moms, or anyone living near/below the poverty line. Hell, I haven't worked in 2 years. My girlfriend, who is working, and I have cut back our discretionary spending to almost non-existent. We've even moved twice in order to save money, and still we're making the decision every month to either buy groceries or pay our Hydro bill. When this tax hit, we're the ones that felt it the most, because that extra 7% on the things we need the most means that there's even more we have to miss out on.
Of course, the government says "oh, you get these taxes back in the form of an HST credit cheque every 3 months", but realistically that extra $200 every 3 months equates to being able to pay the Hydro bill you've let slip, or even score a few extra groceries. MAYBE, just MAYBE if you're lucky, you can eat at McDonalds one night. But, you still get an extra $200.
Realistically, I'd challenge you to walk a mile in those shoes before you sit there and say "boohoo" or "cut back on discretionary income" or "plan a career". I'd put it forth to you to go without a job as long as I have and live my life, and then say that. Really, you'd be looking for any kind of break you can get, even if it is a mere 7% off your groceries.