The user pays "principle". Often mentioned as a coercion strategy in connection with e-toll.
But surely if it is indeed a principle and not a "principle" it should be applied in universally?
In all walks and ways of life? In all circumstances? By everybody? Rich AND POOR?
Sure, you want to drive on the road you pay the toll. I am all for that. Provided the principle then also extends to:
1)Income tax. The annual budget for 2013/2014 is R 1 100 Billion give or take. The number of people in SA according to the last census is 53 million. According to user pays principle, every man woman and child should pay (rounded roughly) R20 000 per annum. I will take that any day. Woe on you and your five children... But hold fast, the worst is yet to come!
2)Education for all. This one was strangely absent of any user pays attachments. Not any more. No more of this subsidised school/university BS. (I can already hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth this one will cause in the comments section)
3)Want to go to hospital? Better save up or make sure you are a USER THAT PAYS your medical aid.
4)Want to have children? You guessed it you pay. No more ENSLAVEMENT* of others to pay for you and yours via a grant system.
5)Want to retire? Hope you saved enough...
6)Electricity? Gone are the days of "cross subsidisation" and "free basic electricity".
7)RDP housing? Sorry bud, have to grovel at the bank like the rest of us "normal animals"
No doubt the reader can add to the list. By all means do so, should be good reading for "paying to use a toilet" minister Dipuo Peters...
ENSLAVEMENT*: Whenever the fruits of one's labour goes to the direct benefit of another by decree - i.e. forced taxation going to direct benefit of others in form of grants. I am always astounded at the morals of people that condone slavery to alleviate poverty...
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