Monday, June 30, 2008

The price of stupidity.

I was reading another article on the 10p tax blunder at Burning our Money. Read here.

It made me think. OK, I know I got a headache but this one was because of stress.

It calls to take the poor out of the tax brackets completely. I'm beginning to wonder if this is a good idea now. Sure it should be done for societies sake but just because it should be done has never been a criteria before. So should we do it?

I say 'No'. For one simple reason. If this hole is plugged without a corresponding cut in public spending then the money will have to come from elsewhere. That means us. So we will end up paying more and I already pay too much into this black hole. An increase in their take home pay will result in many of these revising their decisions against voting labour and, at the moment, with still no real opposition with Cameron in charge labour could reverse it's decline. Of course that is only short term as the high earners will leave and it will all fall apart but it could last long enough because despite so many having take home pay reduced by this government a significant amount still believe they are great. I find it unbelievable how many die hard labour supporters there still are out there. Their take home pay is dropping, costs are going up, services are reduced but they still believe. So I suggest we just let them get on with it as if they are not interested in change because it will make them better off then they sure as hell won't be interested in change to help others when they are all sorted out and cosy.

If they are so stupid that they still vote for screwing the well off despite it having a very negative effect on them then they deserve another two years of it. maybe then they will have a change of mind. Although, with the IQs apparently going down in the UK, based on personal observation, I doubt it will be any different.


At 1:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The current system for dealing with the poor is to tax the poor sods, then having extorted quite paltry sums from them, force them to complete unnecessarily complicated forms to get tax credits which essentially give back the money that was extorted off them in the first place.

A better ploy would be to hugely increase the tax-free allowance, and explicitly index-link it, this to be calculated annually. Along with this, abolish the not-needed tax credits, and sack the penpushers needed to administer them.

This has many benefits. Firstly, fewer bureaucrats means the tax you do collect goes further. Secondly, if fiddling tax at low levels is unnecessary, people will stop doing it, freeing up tax inspectors to go after bigger fish.

Finally, cease paying welfare to claimants without asking anything in return; make welfare claimants do at least occasional work for their money or get cut off entirely.

At 3:54 pm, Blogger Bag said...

Anon, Sadly I agree.

The point I was trying to make though is that these are the people voting for a system that visibly screws them so badly. If they are not prepared to look after themselves and vote for changes then what hope have we as a society?

I'm now starting to revise my stance on many things from what is best for society in general to what is best for me and my family as individuals. Why should I worry about others when they can't even worry about themselves.


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