TAXING THE WORKFORCE - THE GREAT RIP OFF
Have you ever stopped to work out how much you keep out of the money your earn?
Come with us on a voyage of discovery. It might come as a bit of a shock to you, but let us trace the passage of £1 spent in various ways.
*The above examples do not take into consideration the fact that the government then taxes the producers of goods on their profits, by way of corporation tax.
**The above example does not take into consideration Rates.
Why does the government need so much of our money?
The way our economy has developed over the years, politicians are used to wasting your money. It's not their money and everyone else before them has done the same, so why undo the bad practices. They are on the top of a band-wagon and they don't want to rock the boat. The plum jobs for their mates. The overpaid civil servants, the overstaffing. The misuse on Health Authority facilities for private operations. The bent MOD contracts. The lavish expense accounts. The corrupt council practices.
Wouldn't you prefer to work less hard and enjoy more of the money your earn?
If you have ever thought about the above, and not been able to fully understand how we finance our country, it is because the politicians want to keep it that way. They don't want you to know how much they are taking from you and where it is going. If you did find out, you'd probably never again vote for any party advocating the great rip off, that is our present economy.
The fact is the population is a finite resource. The government see the workforce as there to pay for all the things they hold dear. The problem for politicians is how to get their hands on as much of the money you earn as possible and make themselves look good into the bargain.
Nelson Kruschandl says : "It's Time for Change"
How much do we need to run our country and what do we need?
That is a leading question and a bit like asking: how long is a bit of string. The answer, is first of all to decide what we want to keep. What is worth keeping. The more central government keeps control over, the better, for cost savings.
I think the majority would say keep the Royal Family. Not only are we lucky to have one, but they actually earn GB Limited quite a bit.
Do we want a national health service? Personally, I'd rather my money had gone into a private policy. I'd rather not have been forced to pay contributions. On the other hand many people would vote for the NHS. Sadly, when it comes to performance, they rarely get the operations they need when they need it, some die waiting, others suffer needlessly.
The same goes for dentistry. The NHS standard is a second class service. If you want top quality dental work, you will have to pay for it in any event. Once again the government forced you to contribute, then failed to give you service when you needed it. Sound familiar?
Roads. Well yes, we would all say yes to roads, but only 5% of the road tax you pay is spent building roads.
Defense. Yes, we do need an Army, Navy and Airforce. This should be funded from state taxes.
Schools. Of course we need to ensure we educate our children to at least a basic level. However, we should be able to opt out of state schools, without being called elitist. Parents opting out of the state system, should receive a full refund of any contributions. Parents teaching their children themselves, should also receive a full refund, or not be asked to make contributions.
Rubbish collection. This could either be privatised or paid for by occupiers on a need basis - so much per bin, skip, or whatever on demand. Those recycling their waste need not pay anything.
Street lighting. This should come from your road tax.
The Police. The government should fund criminal law enforcement from state taxes.
Emergency Services. The government should fund the emergency services from state taxes.
Companies House, the Patent Office - these services should be self sustaining from fees.
Planning - Application fees should be fixed and payable to central government. Applications should be decided by a central development committee. This would prevent citizens having to pay twice for the same service and slash thousands of civil service positions at a stroke. In addition, the government would not need to battle against rogue local councils, failing to provide an effective administration.
Heritage. The preservation of our heritage and culture can come from the Lottery, or from voluntary contributions, via a charity.
Immigration - Assylum seekers should pay for their stay, while cases are decided, or otherwise agree to enter into a voluntary work scheme to fund their claim, and should all have a basic understanding of written and spoken English, or undertake to study to achieve the basic standard.
All of the above would be subject to stringent audit and transparency requirements. Where necessary, fresh statute would be implemented to punish dishonest civil servants.