Thought for the Day 27 June, 2017


Thought for the Day – 27 June 2017

Today I did a review of my financial plan. I was discussing investments, (Not many and not much money) life insurances, (Not enough) bank accounts (Local and Overseas) and I was told that all of this stuff must be declared in my tax returns. (Big Brother is watching little old me and he’ll come and get me if I don’t.)

Here I am, sixty nine years young and still being watched by authorities who’ve had a chunk of taxes out of me for forty three years. Now I’m basically retired and trying to earn a little extra to prop up my inadequate provisions for old age. And the authorities still want to check up on me. While this was going on I was just thinking aside, of all the cheats, liars and thieves who get into positions of power and then abuse everything for their own benefit. I don’t see them getting arrested or even “watched”. I don’t see them paying back the money or even paying their legitimate taxes because they aren’t declaring everything. The double standards are horrifying.

I would be very happy to pay my legitimate taxes, if two conditions are met. One – I could be sure that the tax is effectively and efficiently applied to real problems in this country, like housing for the poor, unemployment, safety and security, medical aid and so on and two, that the corruption was a thing of the past.

In our current situation, neither of these conditions is met, so to be truthful I resent every single cent of tax I have to pay.

My thought for today is therefore the law that seems to govern the leadership in this country:

“The Law of Selective Legality”

I haven’t attached a cartoon to this thought, because I can see anything even remotely funny about it.

With hopes for a better, more honest, more moral and more equitable society.

Cheers, Dave


About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

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