A cleansing catharsis was in order this week and by happy co-incidence the theme for the Lounge Linky was “rants and raves”. It took me all of three minutes of intensive thought to pony up a few topics to share. These things are the mental equivalent of metamucil because they never fail to give me the shites as it were.
If you want to annoy Mumabulous just start making ignorant comments about the Australian worker being overpaid. I can’t tolerate the argument that our greed and sense of entitlement has made the cost of doing business in this country too high. Interestingly the individuals who espouse such views NEVER volunteer to take a pay cut themselves. The opposite is true. This sort of person will present innumerable reasons as to why they are adding significant value and deserve every cent they earn plus a truck load more whereas adding $16 per week to the minimum wage will grind Australian business into the ground. Such folk urgently need a good hard spanking.
Even more loathsome are the people who moan about their excessive tax burden. It shouldn’t be necessary to point out that if you are paying a truck load of tax its because you are earning a truck load of money. I’ve no doubt that you worked hard and are intellectually superior to the average bear. In my view your brains and work ethic should not preclude you from contributing to society. All too often these people justify their self indulgent whining with an uneducated argument about their tax dollar going to support dole bludgers and single mothers. Things like schools, hospitals, infrastructure, defense, and the old aged pension never seem to rate a mention.
My irritation motivated me to do some cursory research. It took around three Google clicks to arrive at the information needed to shut down these over taxed whingers down before they get warmed up. Here is the summary of Federal Government expenditure for 2012-13.
You can see that 22% of government spending last year was on welfare. Of this seniors and family support took the most sizeable chunk of the pie. The “workforce” category takes up less than a quarter of the welfare segment. That’s less than 5% of your tax dollar being handed out to dole bludgers and single parents so that they can go and blow the lot on booze, fags and the pokies*.
If you’ve got an opinion about how tax dollars could be better utilized I’m happy to hear it. Better still if you have a view about how to simplify our cumbersome tax system please speak up. However if you are merely going to complain about how its so unfair that you are propping up the dregs of society, zip it now.
Motivational Posts on Social Media
Most of the time I feel reasonably happy. I go about my business on a fairly even keel enjoying small pleasures like watching the waves crash over the headland, that first sweet, sip of cappuccino in the morning and catching a sly glance at my favorite barista. Then I scroll through Facebook and shite like this literally cascades through my news feed. My pleasant but hardly ecstatic demeanor swings into straight out rage and its all I can do not to punch a hole through the screen. Seriously? When it comes to rock climbing your greatest accomplishment IS never falling. That should be self evident.
Please people there’s only so much inspiration, motivation and wisdom us mere mortals can take. If you want to spread good vibrations via your favorite social media platform make sure your rainbows are accompanied by a generous dose of Colin Firth. Don’t know about you but I’m feeling so uplifted I just might burst into song….
During my youth I spent many a lonely Saturday evening watching 21 Jump St quietly praying that Officer Tom Hanson would visit my campus. Over the weekend Johnny Depp turned 50. That is simply unacceptable. What’s more he appears absurdly youthful. He’s either entered into some kind of shady deal with the devil or he has found the elixir of youth and is keeping it all to himself. I say we break down his firewall and force him to share.
What’s been your mental Metamucil this week?
Maintain the rage
* I’m not saying this isn’t a problem.