I posted the quote below on my Letterash blog but thought I may as well post it here on WP as well due to the growing numer of bloggers who are moving over.
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
– Winston Churchill
Here in South Africa we have the ANC government thinking up new taxes just so that they can keep on filling up their coffers. And the 4,5 million taxpayers still have to support the 44 million who dont pay taxes!! This doesnt include the more than 4 BILLION that has been wasted by the ANC in the last while. The government thinks it is easy – If you need more money, just add a new tax and it keeps rolling in. So what we have is that every tax payer is supporting at least 10 people. We end up with our taxes paying for murderers, rapists, thieves and such other miscreants of society to be housed in prisons which have become more luxurious than some of the residential housing that the majority of the population is used to.
Our taxes pay for medical care for those people who are too lazy to work. They find they make more begging outside the various shopping malls than having a normal job where they would end up paying taxes like you and me. My contribution to my medical aid (which I am compelled to belong to as it is part of my contract) is already so high but I need to stay healthy so that I can continue to work and pay more taxes!
The police and defence forces are paid from our taxes. But the way they abuse their assests you would never say that they really need to look after it. Just have a look at how many government vehicles are being used for private use over week-ends. Look at how the very vehicles they need to do their jobs with are broken due to mis-use. I was in Koedoespoort the other day where I saw a policeman throw his vehicle into a slide before hitting the brakes and stopping in front of the cafe in a cloud of smoke from the tyres. He then casually got out and sauntered into the cafe, from where he emerged a few minutes later drinking a cold drink. I helped pay for those tyres as well as the vehicle!!
Our taxes pay for the salaries of teachers. Yet half of those currently employed are not capable of teaching the subjects that they are supposed hire for. When you hear stories of pupils knowing more than the teacher then you need to address the problem. But no wait, we retrenched thousands of teachers because they were the wrong colour, and replaced them with these who can teach because it was the right thing to do. I must admit I hate the idea of my hard earned taxes paying for someone who only results in the standards being lowered every year just to keep the pass rate up.
My taxes are also used to keep the roads in good shape so that I can safely drive to work and back (so that I can earn a salary and pay more tax!). Yet I can no longer drive down the road at night because of the number of potholes waiting to swallow an unsuspecting wheel or two just seem to keep on growing. Sections of the road which have finally lost all of their tar layers and now resemble a rural gravel road are in better condition than those that still have predominatly more tar than gravel. All the levies (also a form of tax) that were supposed to pay for the repairs have been spent on everything else but road repairs.
My taxes also pays for the upkeep of buildings used by the State. Yet I look around me and I see only decay. The buildings are looking very forlorn and drab. Windows are broken but not replaced. A bit of masking tape and some old piece of cardboard are now used to keep the elements out. At the department of home affairs I noticed that there were floor tiles missing in the foyer, the paint was peeling off the wall in some places, and the public ablutions were in such a state of disrepair that I couldnt even get myself to use them even though my bladder was now joined to my tear ducts! Take a walk into most police stations and see how run down they are – no wonder their prisoners just walk out.
But in the last while I have heard of my taxes being spent on upgrading ministerial housing just because they didn’t like the shade of paint on the walls. Or because there were too many mosquitoes flying inside the house! The president is having a R17 million worth of makeover to a house that was just done less than two years ago!
Now that is just a total waste of my money that I paid in taxes. No wonder I today that I am being robbed and cant do a damn thing about it