It’s not cool to screw working people while leaving corporates alone

2015-03-02 10:57

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Thursday morning. Ulundi’s fast asleep under a thick blanket of moist mist.

The Croc’s still under his blankets, dreaming whatever it is that shooters dream about.

I don’t really want to know, shooters being what they are.

I’m wide awake, courtesy of the Arsenal’s nightmare performance against Monaco the night before at the Emirates. Bye bye Champions League, unless there’s at least a 4-0 away miracle in the return leg.

Diego Simeone’s Vikings didn’t make me sleep any better than the Gunners did, going 1-0 down to Leverkusen. At least Atlético play at home on March 17 and only have a one-goal deficit to address.

Nhlanhla Nene’s plans to address South Africa’s deficit have also played havoc with my sleeping patterns. Not the obvious shit, like the sin taxes. Those I’m cool with. I kicked the cigarette habit three and a half years ago, so The Man can tax those to death. Ditto the whisky. Not the kicking, but the taxing.

It’s a bit bizarre hearing people who cough up R700 for a bottle bitching about paying another R3. Me, I’ll happily pay tax on herb as well when sanity eventually prevails and marijuana is legalised. With a smile.

It’s kinda strange that the Babylon are going mad spraying Agent Orange over most of Pondoland when there’s the Ambrosini Bill before Parliament and talk of a stay of prosecution in all current ganja possession cases until the bill’s enacted.

Factor in the crackdown on hydroponic growers around the country and the clamp on the Swazi border and it seems to me that the ground is being cleared (pun intended) for a multinational and a local partner to get the medical – and eventually recreational – herb franchise.

Maybe I’m just paranoid.

The part of Nene’s budget that’s getting to me is the fact that he’s upped personal income tax while leaving the corporates alone. That’s not cool.

I’m cool with my taxes paying for increased pension, child care and foster care grants. That’s fair. From each according to their ability.

What I don’t get is giving the corporates a break while screwing working people. That’s not cool, given their water and power subsidies, existing tax and rates breaks and super profits.

Makes you wonder whose interests Nene and his bosses are really representing.

Or maybe I’m just paranoid.

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