"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by Dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become."
- Steve Jobs

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Opt-out of paying your taxes

If you hire a joiner to do some work for you and he does a shit job, you don't pay him until he rectifies it.

If you hire a plumber to do a job and he floods your house, you don't pay him.

Why then, are we forced to pay our taxes to a Government who is metaphorically flooding our house on a daily basis?

Our Governments bailed out our failing inept banks who I say are partly to blame for the current credit crisis, and today we learn that London employees of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort have been told to expect bumper year-end payouts from a "bonus pool" of £6.4bn. These people gambled with our money and didn't give a shit about the outcome cos they knew they'd be bailed out. When they made profits they kept them and we saw no bonuses. When they lost money they shrugged and just went cap in hand to the Government.

Decent working people who have paid their mortgages on time for decades, are being reposessed if they struggle to meet a couple of payments. Meanwhile, a single mum with 5 kids is housed in a Chelsea mansion with the council paying a 4-figure sum of weekly rent, and then benefits on top of that. All over the country the Benefit Culture is getting bigger and bigger as families realise that the more kids they have, the bigger house and the more benefits they will get, and they won't even have to get a job.

Local councils are in crisis, Education standards are plummeting, landfills are bulging with waste and "the little people" are fined if we don't recycle enough, while the supermarkets and manufacturers who oeverpackage everything and anything, escape without a fine.

MPs exploit loopholes to claim huge expenses cheques on top of their huge salaries. And men are sent to fight an illegal war that should never have been started.

All of this is made possible through OUR money. OUR taxes. Our Government are doing a shit job and they should NOT be paid until they can pull their fingers out and stop pissing OUR money into their pockets or down the toilet.

If they were subject to some sort of performance review by "we the people", who they essentially work for, then they would bloody well sort their act out, especially if we had the option of stopping our taxes if we were displeased with the service.

I got a measly £50/month pay rise this year. No doubt my Council tax will go up to devour most of that, plus energy bills and car tax bills. However if I felt my Government were doing the best they could for me, then I'd not mind paying my taxes. Yet when I see billion-pound tax bail-outs going towards Christmas bonuses for banking Hooray-Henrys who freely gamble our savings down the pan, I just want to stop all my direct debits and face the courts and jail, rather than give those bastards a penny.

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