Dear Mr President,
Facebook asked me this morning “What’s on your mind?”
Well thinking of how great this country is and to see it being screwed up by a bunch of thieving incompetent politicians is burning my butt this morning.
So let's see, to run my house and live my life I need income (reasonably important, unless you are a politician and the good old government pays), I need roads to be able to go buy food, food in the shops, water in the taps, electric in the plugs, a hospital and I need to be reasonably sure that some bad ass dude with a gun and no sense of humour will not attempt to relieve me of my family, income and food.
And last but not least, I need a working toilet for those enjoyable activities that become not only urgent, but such a large part of the daily life for us older folks.
Let us for a moment ignore the fact that I may wish to watch a rhino wander around the bush, catch a train or a bus or even educate the fruit of my loins above that gold standard of a South African matric pass.
So how do I fare?
The good old government (some refer to them as ANC thugs bullies and thieves) takes about 70% of my income in various taxes, both apparent and hidden. What The Hell I hear you say -70%? Bullshit!
Well Mr President, add up income tax, VAT on disposable income, medical aid, property taxes, fuel tax, entertainment tax, security company fees, private education, road taxes on your cars, soon to be E Tolls, old age pension contributions, and see what you pay for without getting much back. Oh, and random repairs to your tyres because of potholes, the provision of a generator possibly to keep the darkness of Africa where it belongs- outside your door and then see just what is actually a hidden tax. Oops – let us not forget ridiculously high insurance because the SAPS in the main cannot find their own asses with both hands handcuffed behind their backs.
Then let's see where our money goes:
These taxes do not fix the roads reliably
They do not provide you with a public transport system
They do not educate your children for any position other than Mc Donalds or an exciting career as a leaflet distributor.
They do not (in many instances) ensure you have clean water coming out those taps
They do not give you a security blanket in your old age
They do not give you any form of vaguely acceptable health care
They do not ensure that the electric in your plug will be either affordable or even there on a reasonably reliable basis.
And they also do not ensure that the poo that we so enjoy having will find its way to a processing plant as opposed to ending up in the water you drink or the river the rhino drinks from.
So, I am one of the "privileged" white dudes who gets to pay huge amounts to help out my fellow black countrymen, many of whom hold no job in the formal sector that returns any kind of tax to the good old government except via VAT.
I have no problem with paying if I could see the good my money was doing (SARS propaganda adverts notwithstanding), or if it would help me in my old age, instead of it disappearing into a black hole (and yes the pun was intended) of waste, theft and corruption.
Remember all those old Afrikaners who said "daai mense sal die land opfok"?
Well sadly to say, despite the best efforts of many of those "mense", the majority of the “mense” have managed to do just that. This country is going downhill at an ever increasing rate, to the detriment of all, black, coloured, indian and white.
Corruption in our country is so widespread that I fear for my countrymen, black. coloured, indian and white. The rich will have some sort of backup plan, but the dumbasses who keep on voting for the ANC will find themselves with no alternative but to mobilise in their masses, to get what they need to survive, and let’s guess who the targets will be?
As we slowly mechanise in response to the costs of providing "a decent job" (read unsustainable wages), as opposed to work, and move offshore to more friendly environments and downsize businesses in response to BBBEE, the tax base shrinks to a critical point where even if the government taxed you at 90% they will not be able to maintain the country.
So after this rant, my question to you Mr President -
Is there a solution?
Or will a populist government, that I predict will in the next 5 years, find themselves with their backs to the wall with an ever increasing need for funds to improve an ever rapidly declining infrastructure, turn to populist politics ala Julius Malema and subtly blame it all on the white capitalist dogs to save their own positions at the trough of never ending money?
Where dear Mr President, will the tax payers be then?
Am I chicken little warning that the sky is falling?
Or is it a case of those in the know - simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?
For those out there who think, "things are not so bad", at which point will they be "so bad" I ask?
When our towns look like Harare, Bangui, Kinshasa or maybe Goma?
And here ends the rant.......