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Sharing

26 February 2014, 07:18

I’ve noticed lately an increasingly annoying tendency - love that word since it morphed into a political standpoint - by respondents to some letters in News24 to use the same tired old cliché of “sharing” as their base argument for a more radical approach to solving SA’s ills.

We apparently all need to share the resources, share the mines and farms and industries, share the country itself, and mostly share the perceived wealth I think.

The only conclusion I make from this overwhelming desire to share everything is that, as always, those with little received, obtained or accumulated - due mostly to their having contributed very little in terms of skills, labour and commitment – want more than their share.

They aren’t advocating “sharing” actually; they are saying, “Give some to me because you have more than I do”. This is not sharing, sharing being about all putting in the same effort for all to receive the same reward.

Furthermore, if these agents for change were really on about “sharing” then they would also be prepared to share in the loss-making ventures, share the effort, time and money which is required to build any kind of enterprise and then share in the tax contributions and costs which come with money-making.

In other words, share in the downside where you can’t travel overseas, spend wildly and entertain lavishly as you’re too busy working to have any free time and the money you’re earning is based on your efforts alone with no freebies being offered.

I don’t see any stampede of people to participate in this kind of sharing. I do see party members or those well enough connected using public funds to create lifestyles for themselves and their kindred spirits, none of which are about sharing either. I also see people who want to share what I have, without offering me anything in return. Again, people, that is not sharing.

Government – yes, the ANC government – owns most of the land, they decide who can do what, where and when, they control the finances and they are the only entity obligated to share as they are supposed to equally distribute to all citizens a share of everything they have received via taxes, minus their expenditure. 

Everything the government spends money on – whether this be capital expenditure which maintains the infrastructure, expands the economy and creates jobs, or jobs for pals which drains the economy, is self-serving and adds no value to anything - is therefore your and my share being returned to us. If you want a bigger share, speak to government and ask them for it; they already have my share.

I do not have to share anything, with anybody, once I have contributed my share of tax, my share of labour and my share of effort to keep everything running – whether this be in my household, my company, my town or my country. I have done my part of the sharing when I receive my salary, the deductions being my share contributed towards the running of the country.

Now, if any want to share my expenses, share my mowing of the lawn, share my maintenance of the house and motor car, share my love of a cold beer after a hard day – please feel free, but don’t expect the beer all to come from me. You bring some, I’ll bring some and we can share.

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