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6 October 2009 Thought for the Week:
of human beings died on the fields of France, in Russia, in the death
camps of Germany, in the fire-bombing of Dresden, in the nuclear
conflagration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By the time of Tolkien's
death in 1973, a moral miasma had settled over the spirits of the
English, as the disillusionment and the compromises of the century
began to take their toll.
- - Stratford Caldecott in “Secret Fire: the spiritual vision of J.R.R. Tolkien” 2003
“From a Social Credit (Christian policy) standpoint, if we enjoyed a balanced price-system we would not be desperately attempting to generate additional purchasing power through exports - armaments being particularly effective, in that, they generate enormous incomes while not becoming an embarrassing unsaleable surplus of consumer goods in the home market.
- - Wallace Klinck, Canada. September 2009
JEREMY LEE 'S LATEST DVD: THE PROOF OF THE UNSEEN
by Betty Luks
I want to acknowledge Nancy and Jeremy Lee’s commitment to, and years of defence of, their Christian faith and the fundamental importance of the individual’s freedom (balanced by accountability and responsibility). A freedom that flows from that faith in the grace of God in our lives.
Those who are familiar with the story will remember that after all their adventures involving the destruction of the Ring of Power, Samwise Gamgee (Sam) is to return home to The Shire and his family. His friend Frodo, who is leaving this world of mortal men, comforts Sam with these words:
In his 1882 sermon “Faith, the Proof of the Unseen” Scotsman George MacDonald had this to say:
Get your copies direct from them – and we urge you to plan to present copies to your friends and families – why not as Christmas presents? It is their future that is at stake.
MONEY MATTERS THE PARAOHS AND HIGH PRIESTS
Thought this item was worth including in this week’s journal: Please note the author does caution the reader he may not have the proportions of taxes strictly accurate, but the overall picture does present a picture of where the western world is headed.
"The pharaoh collected a large amount of taxes that he used for large government projects such as building pyramids and temples. These taxes also supported the wages of skilled workers, scribes, artisans, and military personnel, as well as financing large projects done by peasants during times of flood.”
"The ancient Egyptians were quite fond of a bit of slavery too. You know slavery, it's where you work and work and work for someone else but you don't get to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Well, if Pharaohs Kevin Rudd and Ken Henry have their way with the upcoming tax stitch-up, chances are you'll be pushed even further into servitude.
Already, the average Australian worker (that's right, the average) has more than 20% of his or her salary confiscated by the government before it even hits their bank account. That's just the beginning. Think about it this way though. If you work a five-day week, every Monday, the work you do is to pay off the Federal government's income tax demand. Come Tuesday and you have to work half the day to pay off your superannuation guarantee. That's money which is guaranteed to be taken from you, but without any guarantee you'll get it back.
The rest of Tuesday and into Wednesday is taken up with paying off the GST and other levies and surcharges you find yourself paying for every day. By the time you get to the close of business on Wednesday you should have paid off a raft of other taxes, such as rates, vehicle registration, medicare levy, medicare surcharge (or private healthcare), payroll tax, and don't forget all the company taxes you ultimately pay for through higher prices for products and services.
So, as you roll into work on Thursday morning, it looks as though you're about to earn some cash for yourself... Not so fast bucko. If you've got a mortgage, chances are that's another 20-30% of your income going straight to banks, just to keep a roof over your head. Now, all that by my calculations brings us up to - about right now on a Friday morning.
That means you've got the rest of the day to work for yourself. But as if it couldn't get much worse there's one more hurdle for you - inflation.
You need a 3% pay rise just to get back to breakeven. Talk about running just to stand still.
So, at about the time of the two o'clock smoko this afternoon, the money you earn for the rest of the day is yours to earn and spend as you please. But don't worry, if that doesn't sound like much, because you've always got the credit card to fall back on. Out of interest, the total purchases on credit cards in July by Australians was $19.1 billion.
And what does the mainstream press have to say about any of this? Nothing of course. The best they can come up with is rubbish like, "Rudd helped you hang onto your job." No! No he didn't. It was your money. You helped yourself hold on to your job. That was the money you worked for which was confiscated by the government and then divvied out to its favourite chums, are handed back as a bribe.
Rudd didn't help anyone. Remember, if you were lucky enough to get the $900 bribe, it actually cost you around $4,200 from your taxes to fund the Fairy Ruddfather's spending. Only, you haven't really paid for it yet, but you will. Because the government has just borrowed the money* and will demand that you pay it back. Even though you've gotten nothing for it, and didn't even ask to go into debt.
But in reality, the Fairy Ruddfather is just one of the Pharaohs. His co-conspirator is the real danger man. That's Treasury Secretary, Ken Henry. Without exaggeration, this man is one of the biggest threats to the individual rights and freedoms of all Australians.
The man is a menace. Maybe you think that's a bit harsh. After all, he is a public servant. And people aren't supposed to criticize public servants. Doubtless he would tell everyone he could be earning much more in the private sector but he's forsaken that to "do his bit" for society.
Let me explain what I mean when I label this man as the biggest threat to individual rights and freedom... Reading the story in yesterday's Australian Financial Review (AFR), your editor was stunned by two things. The reporting of the story, and the content.
To quote from the article:
The article goes on to quote from the letter of invitation:
Anything ridiculous strike you about consulting accountants about tax proposals? It's like asking a butcher if we should all become vegetarians. Tax groups are hardly likely to recommend abolishing taxes, or even making the tax code simpler. It's in their interest for it to be as complicated as possible.
But more than that, where's our invitation? Where's your invitation? I mean it's you that contributes every dollar to tax revenue whether it's direct or indirect. Of course, you'll be told, "this is much too complicated to trouble you with. You just get along and concentrate on working, that's a good citizen!"
It got us thinking. Have you ever watched someone talk to someone who's disabled in a wheelchair? In many cases they'll either talk to them slowly like a six year-old, as though loss of leg usage has someone affected their brain power, or they'll completely ignore them and talk to the carer instead.
Well, reading that story in the AFR yesterday it seems like the pollies view the humble taxpayer as nothing more than a cripple in a wheelchair... Just go to the Treasury website and take a look at the submissions. There's thousands of them. Special interest groups as far as the eye can see. Each backed by research and PhDs and tax experts by the dozen. Granted, there are also many submissions from individuals. Self funded retirees scared out of their wits at the prospect of Pharaoh Rudd and Henry swiping their life savings outright or by stealth...
Submissions from interested groups:
Then there's the fund managers of course, AXA have chimed in with the unsurprising declaration that, "AXA believes that in order to achieve Australia's desired objectives in relation to self funded retirement, an increase in the Superannuation Guarantee is required."
You've got to give the unions some credit. They may as well have quoted Wolfie Smith, "come the glorious revolution they'll be the first against the wall!" For 'progressive taxation' read, "give us what you've earned."
It's nothing more than theft of your property (income).
Individuals will find a greater tax burden either directly or indirectly, and a destruction of their retirement savings. Increased public spending and borrowing by the government in your name with the demand that you pay for is nothing short of coercive rule by a bunch of megalomaniacal bunch of bureaucrats. We'll wait to see what Pharaoh Henry has to say when his report is published, but we can guarantee you're not going to like it.”
* Question: How can governments ‘borrow’ money from banks who are in reality bankrupt? Can you not see the absurdity of such a financial/banking ponzi scheme?...ed.
by Ian Wilson LL.B.
I do not wish to minimise this problem but I believe that there is also unreported female to male domestic abuse, which is ignored. In the article one of the survivors of domestic abuse says: “It’s time people realised what domestic violence actually is – it’s not just a punch, it’s a punch to the heart and soul and very core of you that you cannot put into words”. That is also true for men.
I am helping a friend with his divorce. His ex-wife abused their five children but they live with her. The authorities did not believe his allegations of child abuse. He became disturbed recently about how his ex-wife would leave the kids unattended – the eldest would ring him. He put a private detective on her.
Yes, sadly, mums are murdered, but so are dads, perhaps not physically but also through stabs to the heart and soul.
BLACK ARM-BAND HISTORY
by James Reed
Kevin Rudd launched the Irish Australian’s book, Rudd towering over him in photographs (The Australian, 28/8/09, p.7). Rudd however did not tower over Tom in prose. In Rudd’s speech we find treasures such as “the love of history is, I believe, the handmaiden of country”. All meaningless garbage. What is he talking about? And the PM has called for a truce in the history wars, going beyond “the arid intellectual debates”. So, what does he want? The sort of politically correct history produced by the elites like Keneally?
Greg Melleuish (“Leave History Alone”, The Australian, 1/9/09, p.12) demolishes Rudd’s methodology and I think that of Keneally. It is not the role of history as a theoretical enterprise to tell of good and bad, to be prophets and give moral assessments. Historians rather should seek to understand the past. Storytelling can be left for novelists like Keneally and would-be “intellectuals” like Rudd.
THE END OF CIVILISATION?
by Brian Simpson
Ruehl goes on to talk about the Aboriginal question after this provocative introduction and leaves these questions hanging, as journalists always do. But I for one am disturbed about the planned destruction of my race by the forces of immigration, multiculturalism and globalisation.
OH, FOR A LIFE LIKE THAT!
by James Reed
RUDD, CHINA AND THE ART OF SURRENDER
by James Reed
Greg Rudd, the PM’s older brother, believes that dealing with China is best done through “whimsical humour and Aussie banter”, whereas his brother Kev 09 “makes his points about China in measured and often Chinese language”.
Greg Rudd wants the “throw another prawn on the Barbie” approach. Seeing what his brother does, I would say that Big Kev’s approach is “throw another Aussie on the Barbie”.
The joke is that Greg Rudd speaks of China’s 5000 years of civilisation as eclipsing our puny 221 years. Yet China has moved to cover up evidence of Nordic princely mummies discovered there, indicating a Nordic foundation to Chinese civilisation. Now that is a laugh.
THE HAPPY RABBI
by Peter Ewer
MEANWHILE IN PORT AUGUSTA '
by James Reed
INDIA AND THE UNIVERSITIES
by James Reed
This means that the universities can “sell out” over in India, without bringing Indian students here, to be exploited. If only the evil Australian universities could be rolled up and put on some huge ship, to sail away from us forever.
HO HUM MICHAEL MOORE NOW 'RIPS INTO CAPITALISM '
The UK Guardian thought fit to write on film producer Michael Moore's latest ‘flick’ with the headlines: 'Capitalism' Flick Rips into Crimes of Wall Street’ (9/9/09).
We are told the documentary drew tumultuous applause at the Venice film festival after dragging “the viewer through a thicket of insurance scams, sub-prime bubbles and derivative trading so wilfully obfuscatory that even the experts can't explain how it works.”
“The big villain,” we are told “of course, is capitalism itself, which the film paints as a wily old philanderer intent on lining the pockets of the few at the expense of the many. America, enthuses a leaked Citibank report, is now a modern-day "plutonomy" where the top 1% of the population control 95% of the wealth.
Ho hum… Michael is safe to produce another documentary another day. He seems to have done a good job in “ferreting out the human stories behind the headlines.”
Ah… Michael. Methinks more such 'ferreting out' would take you too close to the bloated, corrupted and evil seat of Sauronic-power for your own well-being and future ambitions.
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