*I wrote this post last week but for some reason- it didn’t want to post. Probably a connection problem*
Yesterday was our annual budget speech.
As expected taxes will increase – it is as simple as that.
Being the law abiding citizen that I am, I pay my taxes (or more accurately, it is deducted from my salary so I really don’t have a choice in the matter).
As a tax- payer, this is what I (naively) believe that my hard earned, blood, sweat and tears, money pays for:
- A working health care system and proper hospitals. This is what I get.
- A proper education system. This is what I get.
- The fuel levy has just increased so it is not unreasonable for me to expect proper road infrastructure. This is what I get.
- The electricity levy has increased. This is what I get.
- Safety and security. This is what I get.
- Job creation. This is what I get.
- A growing economy. Okay – this is wishful thinking on my part.
After all the money that I spend on tax, with no return, it would not be unreasonable of me to enjoy a cigarette (no, I don’t smoke) or a drink (I only drink on special and odd occasions). Except these sin taxes are being increased and yes, some idiot actually gave a tip a tax on fast food should be implemented. I don’t really enjoy fast food but sometimes after a very long day, working to pay my taxes so that I can have things I will never really have, I would like to have a Steers burger without being taxed on it. Is that too much to ask?
But I digress…
Most importantly, what I get from my tax is this:
And this is what he gets from my tax money:
I am so glad I can help support his family when I can barely support mine.
Nkandla – Has electricity. Has proper roads. Is safe and secure (or it should be considering we spent R246 million on “security upgrades.” It also has a private clinic, amongst other things.
Whoopee, my tax money is being put to such good use.