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South African quick fix

24 January 2014, 12:32
The idea of a successful South African state seems to be slipping away from our grasp, inch by inch, every passing day.
The upcoming national elections, while it will offer us a chance to voice our growing dissent with government, will not be enough to lodge them out.For those of you not familiar with the internal politics of this country, let's look at why.

The social grant system, which has grown from 12.7% in 2002 to over 30% this year, is a handy indication of governments strategy of staying in power. Technically, an indication of a system in which the small, but heavily taxed middle-class, has to do all the heavy lifting in support of the poor.

While I am all in favor of helping the needy, the job of a good government is to empower those needy masses to one day be full fledged, contributing members of our society. Thereby, systematically reducing the need for such assistance.

So far, they are failing miserably.

"How do they stay in power?", you may ask. The combined indifference, ignorance and lack of education among these masses, flaws for which they (government) are partly responsible.

Now, I am not going to tell you to pack your bags and run to Australia. (Besides, they have horrible heat waves and toad problems. Not to mention they talk funny.)                            So let us come up with possible pragmatic solutions.

Given the above state of affairs, would it not make sense to have a democratic system where only the contributing tax payers have a say of how their hard-earned tax money is spent? a Vote per contributing tax payer, per se.

I would imagine that such an idea would initially be met with great criticism, especially at government level. But the logic is sound.                                                                                      Such a system would ensure that government does not become complacent.

The only problem that could arise, is that not enough is done to alleviate the plight of the poor. Since, theoretically, a government would exist to serve the needs of the working class.

These are just my ramblings to get the creative juices flowing. You may have contemplated other, more suitable fixes.

Perhaps these very ramblings and contemplations are how revolutions start!



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