September 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’m Stuffed. In fact…I am Doomed.
Like the Javan Rhinoceros, the Vaquita (Google it) and the Cross River Gorilla, my time for extinction has come. I am the last of my species. The environment has changed, the climate has changed and I can not survive.
Who am I?
I am a high earning Hard Rock Miner who has busted a gut for over a quarter of a century to build a couple of homes, raise and educate four children, put away a nest egg for retirement and have the temerity to suggest that I should be allowed to enjoy the benefits of my labour in a capitalist country.
But…No!, No!, No! There are a bunch of people who are about to get together to tax me out of existence.
Malcolm has called a snap summit of “Business, Community and Union” leaders to seek economic reform.
Where’s my God damn invitation????
I am one of the 20% of households that actually pay tax. I am one of the heavy lifters. Not only do I clothe, house and educate my own children, I do the same for the 80% of the population that don’t pay any net tax. You would all be aware of the recent Australian Bureau of Statistic survey that found that;
- 20% of t families fund the other 80% of families.
- The average family receives $2.70 from the government for every $1 they pay in tax. What? You didn’t know that? Here’s a couple of leads;
Well…not this little black bunny. I actually pay tax. I paid over $120,000 last year.
“Jehova! Jehova!”, I hear you say…”Stone Him! Stone Him! He’s rich! Stone Him! If he’s paying that much tax, he’s earning millions!!!!”
Unfortunately not. I am a PAYE employee, with no tax minimisation available. I’m one of the poor bastards that pays a crapload of tax. I am a rare breed. I am a “heavy lifter”.
So who is getting together for this little soirée?
- The Business Council of Australia – They want me to pay more tax, because they want business to pay less tax.
- The ACTU – They want me to pay more tax because I’m a rich bastard and should pay my fair share – see above.
- The Australian Council for Social Services – They want me to pay more tax so that they can give it away
- The Australian Industry Group – They want me to pay more tax so that their members don’t have to
- The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Ditto
- Council of The Ageing – They want me to pay for everyone else’s retirement
- Australian Youth Affairs Coalition – They want me to pay them not to work – see “Income Support”
So who represents me? Given all of the above organisations either;
A) Want to pay less tax
B) Want more money without paying any more tax
Where’s the money coming from??
Me! Bugalugs here! Moi! Where else can it possibly come from? If you are getting together to gain consensus on tax reform, then the bloke who is not at the table is going to end up copping it from behind.
My voice will not be heard. Oh, but the BCA and ACCI and AIG will all look after my interests……crap! No one will look after my interests because there are so few of us left and we are not swinging voters. Well, we are now Mr Turnbull. The word around the mining camp is that WE WANT YOU GONE! You lefty, back-stabbing bastard! You just want Malcolm to be the hero…at any cost.
Can I just highlight a couple of thoughts for this get together;
- You can’t make a nation rich by taxing the hell out of those who work and giving the money to those that don’t.
- Bar Stool Economics – People do have the ability to cut and run if the tax burden exceeds the pain of packing up and moving. Canada, here I come….they love Miners over there.
So… what can I look forward to?
- Land Tax – I should be punished for owning a home I paid for with income I have already paid tax on.
- Superannuation – Yes, I should provide for my own welfare and be punished for doing so.
- Negative Gearing – Mmmmm see what happens when you stuff with that.
Politics has become religion ….belief without fact. We like to create villains and demons and then blame the for the world’s woes….Climate Deniers, Big Polluters, Greedy Multinationals….The Rich.
Well, I am one of the rich and I’ve worked damn hard to get there. I’ve always paid my fare share of tax and have contributed to the economy. I have educated four children who are now themselves paying tax and creating jobs. However, I am now the target of scorn and the target of a greedy alliance between Malcolm and Bill Shorten. I must be taxed out of existence and cast to the memories of a land long forgotten.
A land where;
- A decent day’s work meant a decent day’s pay.
- Successful people who worked hard were respected, not scorned.
- It was acceptable to build wealth for the next generation.
- You paid your own way.
- The family home was sacrosanct.
- The country was successful.
We built a nation on that basis.
September 15, 2015 § Leave a comment
I hate politics….I just want to get on with business.
I never started out to make this a political blog, but with events of recent days, it’s hard not to throw in my two bob’s worth.
The ABC has always pretended to love Malcolm. They laugh and giggle with him and treat him like the grand old statesman of Australian politics. Compare the way the ABC’s chief attack agent, Leigh Sales, treats Malcolm as opposed to Tony. The following clip shows her allowing Malcolm to finish his responses without interruption;
On the other hand….her interview with Tony;
The ABC elevated Malcolm because they hated Tony and his old school values. In his role as a beaten leader who had been offered the olive branch of communications minister, Malcolm could afford to sit back, be middle road, and be everyone’s friend as he didn’t actually have to achieve anything. He offered a reasonable approach that didn’t have to fight unions, didn’t have to defend a budget, didn’t have to deal with anything of substance. He could be mister nice guy and slid easily into the alternative prime minister slot that the ABC created for him. Sure enough, between the ABC and Malcolm chipping away at Tony, Malcolm is now prime minister.
What’s changed. While the ABC and others would have you believe that there is dancing in the streets….what’s changed? I defy any one of those celebrating to tell me what the difference is between Tony Abbott’s policies and those of Malcolm Turnbull. I felt very sad for Tony yesterday as the media stuck the knife in and twisted it by highlighting those few tweets that mocked our prime minister’s term in office (Put out your onions, Tony’s biggest gaffs).
The instant gratification generation have been rewarded for the superficial view of the future and of Australian politics. They always say it takes three generations……one to create wealth, one to build it and one to lose it. Welcome to the third stage!
Well Malcolm, things are about to change old boy! Your agreement with the ABC has now been torn up. Having knocked off Tony Abbott, the ABC will now focus on knocking you off so that Bill Shorten can take your place.
Watch this space.
September 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
Jeff Kennett could not have summed it up better;
“This has nothing to do with the governing of Australia. This is the promotion of Malcolm Turnbull. He couldn’t work with the team.”
It was only a few weeks ago that I blogged this;
The biggest loser in this whole debacle is Australia. The media have another assassination that they can write about for the next few months, ruminating over why Tony had to go and the disintegration of the Liberal Party. Malcolm has his chance of being the first President of the Australian republic. But worse, much, much, much worse…Bill Shorten has his reprieve, he can step down from the gallows…reinvigorated, reborn…no one will ever raise in parliament again the fact that he was involved in the political assassination of an elected prime minister as both sides now have blood on their hands.
There is no honour. There is no loyalty.
This type of politics puts the individual first and the country last. Behind every great strategy from every great nation, there was the political will to act as a team. Be this driven by the fact that a country was at war, or be it driven by great leaders who could pull a team together and motivate alignment to achieve the common good.
Jeff Kennett again;
“I took on government in Victoria under difficult circumstances, my popularity was down to nine per cent and we won the next election,”
With the selfishness we have seen in Australian politics and the media always ready to drive a wedge into the slightest crack caused by recalcitrant back-benchers, Australia will not have the determination, the willpower, the dedication of purpose required to avoid the train wreck that is coming.
Malcolm: “We need to have in this country — and we will have now — an economic vision, a leadership, that explains the great challenges and opportunities that we face,”
Malcolm, how do you explain to the 80% of families in Australia who pay less tax than they receive in welfare payments that they are going to receive less? This is not a matter of complexity. Every family know that if you spend more than you are earning, you’re going out the back door.
Malcolm will not win that battle. The only place he can go is;
- Superannuation – Which invests in Australian industry. Changing Super will cut the guts out of this investment.
- Negative Gearing – Watch the building industry fall off a cliff when you stuff with this
- Income Tax – We are already one of the highest taxed nations in the world
We’ve lost our income. We’re still spending like there was no tomorrow and no one is prepared to make a sacrifice.
Greece, here we come.