The Australian government is talking about raising the GST* level from 10% to 15%

Why? Because, like most governments they waste a lot of money and spend more than they earn.

The easiest way to raise money is to increase the tax that is applied to everything and collected by businesses. The government doesn’t have to do anything except change a 10% to a 15%

Lemon jelly could come with better ideas than this.

It’s the laziest way to raise money. It shows and utter lack of intellect, cognitive function and creativity by the people who are charged with running the country.

To top it off, there has been no discussion of alternatives or even any attempt to look at who might be most affected by this change.

Its the poor of course. The poor spend all of their income on surviving. They live pay check to pay check and their only focus is on survival and paying the next bill. There is simply no money left over for savings or overseas holidays. Or any holidays. Ever.

Things like Capital Gains Tax are ignored, negative gearing on housing is ignored and taxing the wealthy is ignored. I’m not surprised at the last one, given that the current Australian Prime Minister is a hugely wealthy individual. Why would he shoot himself in the foot?

The ironic thing is that much of the thinking has already been done for our politicians. There has been the Henry Tax review and numerous other think tanks with some quite brilliant ideas. Most of these would be better off lining a budgie cage because at least the paper would be put to some use, rather than the wilful avoidance they are currently experiencing.

Being the Lucky Country isn’t enough, we need to be smarter. Smarter than lemon jelly is a starting point.


*The GST here is the equivalant of VAT in England or the State and government taxes in North America.




Why dont we hunt arms dealers?

Obama’s recent and rare use of the presidential veto got me thinking about where people get their guns from. This train of thought expanded out to IS/Daesh, Hezbollah, Boko Haram, Hamas, the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

We know these guys are committing horrific atrocities, that they are annexing large areas of the middle east and everyone agrees they must be stopped.  The best way to do this would be to cut off their power in the form of their weapons.

Without ammunition or guns, they would be reduced to hurling rocks, Molotov cocktails and street fights. Bad but not as bad as a sub machine gun used to slaughter an entire village.

If they are cut off from the weapons supply and these terrorist groups lose their power. They become another bunch of disgruntled men shouting at each other.

Some of the most common weapons are the Chinese or Russian Kalashnikov and RPK, The American M16 and the German MP5.

So where are these groups getting the guns and ammo from?  In the case of Daesh, many of them were looted from the government but the continued supply of ammo has to come from elsewhere.

Then it occurred to me that I hadn’t heard of the arrest of an international arms dealer in years, maybe even decades. They had quietly faded out of the public eye and back into the shadows.

When you add President Putin’s recent support of Syria’s Assad regime, a leader that everyone things should be removed from office, it becomes clearer.

Russia has had some nasty economic shocks since the GFC. Its main exports are oil, petroleum products and steel. The price of all of these commodities has dropped dramatically in recent years, oil for example going from $110 a barrel to the current $36. That is going to be hurting their current account deficit.

China also has similar issues.

A product is product and maybe they just want to make a sale but this looks like state sponsored terrorism to me, but not with an idealogical view but an economic one.

And I’m not just calling out Russia on this one. The US, Germany, Croatia and many other counties are supporting terrorism by not cracking down on arms dealers that operate out of their countries, state sponsored or not.

This has to stop.

Auntie Angie is sick of your shit.