August 23, 2015 § Leave a comment
‘The rich should pay their fair share”. What a screaming load of horsecrap! The overwhelming majority of the “rich” pay the tax they are legally required to pay. The problem for the Socialists is that this amount of tax does not fund the unsustainable amount of welfare that is required for the Proletariat to live in their government-funded rapture.
The founding premise of our economic system is that if you work hard and make money, you get to enjoy the benefit of one’s labour AND you also get to pass that benefit onto your prodigy. Capitalism is like pregnancy, you either are, or you are not. You can’t have a half capitalist system. It’s been said many times, but I’ll say it again; you can’t make a country rich by penalising those that go the extra mile to generate wealth.
Take a young miner working away in Northern Western Australia. He spends three weeks at work and one week at home. He travels in his time, not the mine’s time. His young wife and a couple of young children are at home somewhere in Australia. Either his parents or his wife’s parents or both are helping with the kids while he is at work. (Yes, it’s usually a “he” when we are talking about workers aged between 25 and 35).
This is the classic capitalist strategy for young couples trying to accumulate wealth by doing the hard yards. It’s hard for her at home and it’s hard for him at work. He works a minimum of 12 hours a day in hot, humid conditions. It’s manually tough work. The reason they are doing this is so that they can get ahead in a capitalist economy and get the deposit together to buy a house.
Please explain to me why taxing the crap out of these workers, and giving the money to someone who doesn’t work, makes Australia richer or stronger? Yep, I don’t get it. I have no doubt that there are a plethora of commentators out there, more intelligent than I, who can tell me where the problem with my logic lies.
“We live in a benevolent society, unlike America where people are happy to see beggars on the street”, will be the first answer. Welfare. OK. Let’s talk about welfare….I have no problem with welfare. Welfare is good. I don’t want to see Aussies starve. But it has to be “Welfare”, not “Entitlements”.
When did welfare become entitlements? Bloody social engineers ACOS, NCOS, socialists within the public service deemed it appropriate to rename “welfare” “entitlements” and so committed generations of Australians to believe that they were simply a product of their environment and were entitled to be clothed, fed, provided with smokes, petrol and vehicles by the taxpayer…..for life.
There is a clause in the unwritten contract between the taxpayer and the government that says it’s OK to tax the life out of me and give it to those who deserve it, but the government (as taker and re-distributer) has to make damn sure that only those who truly deserve welfare get the benefit of someone else’s labour.
August 22, 2015 § Leave a comment
Gazing out the window this morning, sipping a hot cup of “half-Macchiato” at 30,000 feet, on my way to work for a week or two, I have the time to sit back and contemplate life before the “tons, tons, tons, go, go, go, safety, safety, safety…” starts. reading the morning papers, I note that the stockmarket is heading down the toilet, the government is after my superannuation, I’m about to be taxed more and the Greenies are trying to shutdown mining in Australia and not an intelligent or informed debate to be found.
All of the economists who came out of the woodwork after the GFC were able to explain exactly why it happened, but none of them predicted it. Yet, there they were, confident, knowledgeable and authoritative; giving the cameras the benefit of their wisdom….in hindsight. Yeah, we can all do that.
With newspapers losing a fortune and TV journalism turning into nothing but dressed up social media (Do you have a story ? Send us your photos or tips !!) playing a continuous stream of freak-shows from youtube (and inserting ads for our benefit), it would appear that any talking head they can drag out from anywhere is worthy of “Expert” status.
Given this endless stream of irrelevant wankers bombarding us all with their expertise, I thought it high time that someone with real intelligence, real expertise and real experience went into bat for the average Aussie thinking battler. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anyone suitably qualified who had the time, so I’m going to give it a shot myself. I’m just another poor bastard who works for a living and provides the funds for all of the Illuminati to contemplate the pressing social issues of the Great Southern Land on my behalf, because we are clearly not smart enough to know what’s good for us.
Every man and his dog has a blog these days so I make no apologies for these musings of a cranky old hard-rock miner. Read ‘em if you want to, go somewhere else if you don’t. Opinions shall be strong, research shall be weak and grammar and punctuation will be non exisitent.