I see that generally all are congratulating Pravin Gordhan on his budget, mostly in a back-handed sort of way which makes one wonder.
He is being congratulated for NOT hiking our taxes even though he has again hit smokers, drinkers, fuel consumers, road users…. Well, all of us actually. Is there anybody out there who doesn’t smoke, drink or have a motor vehicle?
Oh right, of course, there’s the very poor at the bottom of the pile, those who already pay no tax and survive from day to day on God knows what.
Then of course there are the grant beneficiaries, mostly the same people as those aforementioned – all 15-odd million of them - who only receive, never contribute. Now, to compensate them for this, he is going to give them more - more to spend on drink, parties and having more babies - so that next year they, and their babies, can get even more money from me. Right, very logical!
Pity none of you ANC leaders have the guts to tell these people that they need to stop breeding – thereby just creating more and more poor – and that they rather need to start educating themselves, that they need to start working and then contributing. Just sitting at home, having babies and watching TV isn’t going to save their asses, and neither am I – nor you for that matter, Mr Gordhan.
Mr Gordhan, you may not have seen the breakdown of taxpayers and percentage contributions that I saw lately so let me explain economics to you, from my point of view.
There are +- 1,5 million taxpayers in this country paying 84% of the tax money you receive. That’s the 1,5 million wealthy – your definition – people in this country, those who create jobs, employ people, pay for virtually everything - including your jaunts overseas, your fancy cars and your furniture - and also make everything work, and keep it working.
The rest – 48-odd million - do very little, except it seems buy into your dream of a better life for everybody.
A better life for everybody, being carried on my back! Do you really believe that 1,5 million tax payers can continue to finance the rest of the nation ad infinitum?
You, Mr Gordhan, and your connections, “the alliance”, are on a very short string and I don’t think you realize how short it is. People are getting out, Mr Gordhan – educated, professional, high-earning people, people with assets, knowledge and business acumen – because your dream of having a sustainable, growing economy - based on the taxes they are contributing and which you and your fellow elite are spending so frivolously – is so short-sighted as to be laughable.
Do you really believe that these wealthy people are going to pump more money into an economy which you and your buddies are at the same time killing with your ridiculous labour laws, your stupid socialist policies and your on-going wastage and abuse? You have to be kidding.
Your government is killing the mining sector, the farming sector and the industry of this country whilst attempting to hold onto power by enabling the lowest common denominator – the poor – to dictate how our money must be spent, who should spend it who should receive it.
Whilst your president sits and sleeps during your speech, and your ministers make racial slurs – against those keeping you in comfort and in the style you’ve become used to – the cadres you have running schools, government departments, public enterprises and hospitals are stealing billions of our money. Do you seriously believe that this can continue, forever, with no end in sight?
What is the point of directing one third of your budget at education when 7,5 million man days are lost by teachers not attending school?
What is the point of growing the civil service into a behemoth which drains us all financially when these people don’t do anything constructive?
What is the point of appointing useless, inept people to positions of power and influence, purely because they are ANC supporters, when everybody knows that they’re going to stuff it up?
What is the point of having a capitalist entrepreneur as VP when you are letting the country be ruled by a bunch of socialist unions who destroy more jobs than we can create?
Do you and your government any longer have any point?
Next year your deficit will be even larger, and the next year even larger and eventually, my dear Mr Gordhan, you will simply run out of money.
It is that simple, it really is, so until you realise that you cannot continue funding growth, and socialism, from our pockets you will get nowhere and neither will the country.
Learn the lesson now because if you don’t - and you don’t simultaneously teach your illustrious comrades the same – you are going to be left with nothing except a wasteland.
What are you going to do then - blame Apartheid, or the whites or the West? Maybe just the Afrikaaner men?It really won’t matter by then, Mr Gordhan, as we won’t be here, we won’t care and you will be welcome to explain it yourself. I’ll just read about it, shrug, and continue with what I’m doing.