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CDA opens election campaign: 35% flat tax and focus on family

Friday 01 June 2012

The Christian Democrats on Friday kicked off their election campaign with the publication of their draft manifesto for the September 12 vote.

The CDA, which is struggling in the opinion polls, aims to portray itself as the party for the family, with a focus on moral values.

The main measures in the manifesto, which has been branded with the slogan Iedereen (everyone), include the introduction of a universal 35% rate of income tax, limits to mortgage tax relief and the return of road pricing - abandoned as unworkable by the previous government.


The party is also focusing on moral values, the Telegraaf points out. It wants a three-month salary maximum for banking bonuses and a more decent and respectful society. This includes 'tougher measures' to combat bad behaviour, pollution and road rage.

At the same time, the party pledges to do more to support families, partly by cutting the tax burden and expanding parental leave.

'This is the story I am happy to take to the voters,' party leader Sybrand van Haersma Buma told reporters at the presentation. 'The CDA will be there for everyone.'

The manifesto still has to be ratified by the CDA conference at the end of this month.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

How about, we are going to stop this 'austerity' nonsense, we are going to stop cuddling up to the banks, and we are going to simply refuse point blank to bail out banks that make risky investments to the detriment of our society with, tax payers money. How about, any bank caught behaving in a non moral manner, risky investments with depositors savings, will be dealt with accordingly. Do they really think that intelligent thinking people are taken in by this complete smoke and bullshit system that purports to represent society in its best interests. Five failed governments, front seats available, for the next pantomime this coming July, what a joke!

By Highlander | 1 June 2012 3:57 PM

What is 'road pricing' - toll roads? If so, then it means the Dutch taxpayers (who already paid for the national infrastructure with their taxes) will now have to pay again to use certain stretches of road. Paying twice - sounds like the usual con. My goodness, how this little dot of land becomes more and more like America (a rapidly failing country in every way) every day.

By Mark | 1 June 2012 3:59 PM

"'party leader Sybrand Van Haersma Buma told reporters at the presentation. 'The CDA will be there for everyone.'"

Like Hell they will be there for everyone! After I informed them that cannabis has been the Thin Green Line Between Life or Death for me and not just relief from very severe pain, and even worse was the fact I said many Doctors send patients to the Coffeeshops as they have better than the Ministry of Health version (Bedrocan), which is true, they told me that they do not agree with the use of cannabis and want it eradicated from Holland, even as a medicine. They are Abusive Sadistic Nimwits!!!

By Gerard | 1 June 2012 4:33 PM

Out of curiosity, can they manage deficit with 35% flat income tax? Don't get me wrong, I am 100% for it but it looks like a scam.

The road pricing system is technologically feasible and 100% fare.

By dork | 1 June 2012 8:18 PM

"Introduction of 35% income tax"
"Tax burden to be cut"
Does that mean that presently you pay even more than 35%? Ye Gods!!
Migrate to Australia "mensen"!!
When I still worked (11 years ago), I paid about 25% on $55,000.

By theo orval | 2 June 2012 7:36 AM

LOL. The party of morals. Will they rule out a coalition with the PVV? That might be a good test of "morals".

By Kevin | 2 June 2012 11:20 AM

Road pricing would only be admissible if the fuel and vehicle taxes were slashed

By Andre L. | 2 June 2012 5:56 PM

What a joke, the CDA will be there for everyone except the working class more like it!

By Phil | 3 June 2012 5:52 AM

Does anyone else here smell the panic?

By Al | 3 June 2012 9:38 AM

@Phil, Spot on!

By Donaugh | 3 June 2012 11:43 AM

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