Saturday, November 17, 2007

Who knows the issues?

Regular readers would remember the debate over the income tax law last year, where the PM famously declared that “90% of Jordanians will be exempt from income tax”. At the time, the deputies didn’t think that was enough, raising the exemptions even higher. This led to the senate shelving the issue until now. Earlier, Adnan Badran passed an income tax law that was not particularly good, and this law was rejected by the lower house, and belatedly rejected by the senate.

I am reminding you because one of the questions posed to the parliamentary candidates in the Free Though Forum is phrased like this “In 2005, a proposal to modify the income tax law was made to unify the tax at 20%, regardless of income level. This was objected to in the senate. Do you support or object to such a law?”

Of course, the nature of the law was totally misrepresented in this question, whether it was referring to the Badran law or the subsequent draft. I went through the answers of all of the candidates on this, and none of them knew this. Not even Mamdouh Abbadi, Odeh Qawwas or Marwan Sultan (Amman Third), who were MPs at the time attempted to clarify the issue. Only Younis Jamra (Irbid first district) had a recollection of what happened.

Just so nobody gets their hopes too high.



At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting, like the Journalism Freedom Law that they opposed! Their slogans represent utopia, but they were major block to many improvements :)

At 1:33 AM, Blogger Nogueira Jr. said...


“We are free to be free
To make our own destiny
To shine like the sun
To become one
To hide under the moon
Under in the gloom
To run with the deer
To make worry disappear
To listen and to hear
To love and to fear
To make our minds be clear
To laugh and to cheer
To travel and to steer
In the path we have chosen
To be hot or cold or even frozen
We are free to be free
To make our own destiny
And to look back from the finish line
And to shout with joy and not to whine.”
(By Daniel Hooks)

Nogueira Jr

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Khalaf, thanks for leading us to the questionaire; it was very useful and interesting.

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Khalaf you have readers in Brazil. That's what I call power of the blogsphere.

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Masalha1 said...

This proves that the candidates live in a different world than ours, and we keep voting for them again and again, and have them pass laws most of them don't even read.
by the way, this 20% flat rate income tax will surface again and most likely will pass, as if banks who currently pay 35% and make millions of dollars in profit, can't afford to pay this much but the poor citizens of Jordan have so much money they don't know what to do with it.


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