A political rant


There are a few oil rich countries where the citizens don’t pay tax. In some places, the tax is as low as 5% and the sky isn’t falling over.

But to most of us, we pay so much in form of taxes
1. To keep lazy ass MPigs in office
2. To support a police force that mainly serves the interests of the political class.

Would it not be doing ourselves a great service if we revolted against this form of tyranny.

I see politicians to be no different from pastors; each of them earning money off the sweat of others. Maybe if we did away with such institutions, everyone would contribute to nation building.

Call me a dreamer, an anarchist or whatever you will, but I think in the end you will agree we have encouraged tyranny it now looks like things can’t be done differently.

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

49 thoughts on “A political rant

  1. emmylgant says:

    Right there with you!

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  2. violetwisp says:

    I like paying taxes and seeing the vital services they bring to the community. I know there is a lot of waste and often corruption, but a state with half decent support systems brings much more flexibility and freedom to the population. Maybe if I was in a higher tax bracket and had a more extravagant lifestyle I’d feel differently.

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    • makagutu says:

      Do this services depend on having a MP?

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    • emmylgant says:

      I play a game. I like to think that my taxes contribute to education, healthcare, and garbage collection. When this services get progressively eroded and my taxes increase, I suspect the priorities of governement is no longer the people it serves, but somebody else’s. πŸ˜‰
      I know, it’s a simple gauge, straight out of lalaland, but I think it has some merit…

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      • makagutu says:

        I do think it has some merit. If you can’t see what your tax money is doing where you expect to see, it may just not be doing anything

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      • violetwisp says:

        I have low expectations. If there’s education, healthcare and a rubbish collection, I at least know the money’s going somewhere. If things got too awful I guess I’d consider joining the politicians, or at least I’d feel I couldn’t complain until I got involved. If things aren’t working we have to get in there and make a difference (thankfully I haven’t had to test that theory personally yet, I can’t think of anything I’d less like to do).

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  3. ladysighs says:

    But it’s always been done that way. Tradition.

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  4. Violet made a valid point about taxes. We do need them to run a just and fair society in everyone’s best interests. It’s just that we have the first part, taxes, but not the second part. And homo sapiens is the cleverest species on the planet? Yeah. Right.

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    • makagutu says:

      Yeah, we are the cleverest. Can’t you see we have built nuclear weapons to decimate ourselves several times over.
      What % would you think should be paid as tax?

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      • Yes. It’s smart that isn’t it? We spray poisons on our food too. That’s another clever move.
        We’ve got two systems here, one has allowances and a progressive rate, the other is a flat rate 20% tax. It’s for the rich people. I think a flat percentage is very difficult. It hurts poor people. I was on 40% at one point in the UK, but, I was earning good money.
        It’s not the tax rate that’s the issue, it’s the expenditure.

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        • makagutu says:

          I pay 30% tax. Everything else I use attracts VAT. The government is large and inefficient. They use this money for useless travel, conferences in expensive hotels. And a list of things I am too lazy to mention. The politicians who do nothing to improve the economy increase their salaries at will. The infrastructure is in a sorry state. It would take a lot of convincing that I should pay that much in tax, or any amount other than for social security

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  5. john zande says:

    I believe every tax payer should be able to select where a portion of their tax dollars go. Naturally, this can’t 100%. Education/health/defence/roads etc require money and that should be automatically earmarked. However, perhaps 50 cents in every dollar should be free for the tax payer to select where he/she wants that money to go. In more ways than one, this would be direct representation, with no need for a “representative.”

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    • That’s an interesting concept John. So, let’s look at education, for example. Should my taxes go to fund other people’s children? How about a contribution to schooling and free university education, for example? And, many people DON’T want to pay for defence when it isn’t defence. Roads? New roads? Ripping out the environment? It’s not so easy.

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      • john zande says:

        That’s why it can’t be 100%. Perhaps even 50% is too ambitious, although i don’t really think so.

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      • makagutu says:

        Nairobi national park is under threat of a proposed railway line. I don’t think we need to destroy the environment just to create roads.
        Defense budget; I would cut it by 3/4. If not entirely.
        We have community schools. They are run by parents whose children are in school.
        If we are going to still pay an arm and a leg for poor treatment at govt hospitals, why should I be taxed?

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  6. Arkenaten says:

    I believe direct taxation (PAYE) is a crime against humanity.

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  7. Get wealthy, then move to the U.S. The rich here have so many loopholes for getting out of paying taxes it’ll make your head spin. Oh, and if you’re poor, you pay taxes that help the rich. Someone has to pay for the billions in loans guys like Trump default on when they declare bankruptcy.

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  8. basenjibrian says:

    I agree with you 99.9% of the time, maka. But you are veering off into loony toons libertarian fantasy here. You are sounding like a Tea Party Trump voter here, to be honest.

    Not disagreeing at all bout tyranny and oppression and funding the war machine. But I think it is fantasy to believe that if we “got rid of the government” things would just work swimmingly. Nope. The local headman or witch doctor would still gin up wars and attacks.

    Nor am I that enamored of your concept of village level politics and education. Maybe if one lives in a small village, but in cities I want public education. Do you really think that everyone just educating their own kids is a simple solution? Who has the time and knowledge? I’m not sure I want to go back to subsistence farming and village clan life.

    Here’s a libertarian solution to a huge mine poisoning the neighborhood. It’s only too bad the big bad government swooped in an punished this free thinking and heroic job creator.

    http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/12/17/letting-ill-enough-alone

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    • makagutu says:

      Hi Brian,
      I agree my solution is too simplistic and in a bigger sense impractical.
      I know, and agree that even if we abolished government, at some point some leader may still come up. What I insist though is we may have to reevaluate what so called representatives of the people are doing, whether so many of them are needed, whether it can be a part time engagement and who are elected or appointed to be the representatives of the people. Are we to elect those who can buy the most votes or those who have excelled in some field or so on? These are in my view some of the questions we must deal with to ensure a government for the people really lives to that ideal.

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