Aug 112010

I have been an entrepreneur with companies in different industries—from airlines to health care, oil services, and exercise equipment—and I have had to deal with government in every one, at every step of the way. It’s a constant drain of time and energy. We could be in the 24th century today, in terms of technology, innovation, and wealth if it were not for all the controls that society puts on the individual. Whether it’s religion trying to control our spirit or government trying to control our lives—they take so much of the nectar from each life. It’s like a gun to your head, and you have to bargain constantly for permission to live and expand and find self-fulfillment.

John Aglialaro, producer of Atlas Shrugged movie

Oct 082009

Hardly anyone, perhaps nobody, got what they wanted in Greece in last weekend’s national elections.

Only a brain-dead bacteria who has spent more than a few year’s in Greece could imagine that anyone really “wants” the new government and its politicians in power.

Greeks voted against the previous New Democracy government in large part because of the total lack of action at a time of nation-wide enthusiasm for change and improvement, a touch of honesty in a dishonest country. Kostas Karamanlis and his party failed more miserably than any failure in the past century to do anything, to lift a finger, to even twitch, towards the changes in a rotten state which they had been given a mandate for by a small majority of voters.

They had a chance those few years ago to erase some of the granite mountains, the marble walls of insane bureaucracy that prevent most progress, enterprise and signs of real life in a corrupt, nepotistic society. They acted not at all. They acted as if men of marble, or like frightened feeble creatures. They inspired not one bit, they disappointed very much. They showed courage and leadership, not at all.

Greeks live in a self-delusion that the one or two cousins in each extended family who are given favours by the party or candidate they vote into power makes up for the brutally incompetent, rude and ignorant majority of public sector employees who impoverish their daily lives, monetarily, spiritually and emotionally. A vastly inflated number are employed by the public sector, paid for out of the pockets of those who actually work and pay taxes. A number which should be swiftly cut in half (or more).

The country has close to no sense of enterprise en mass. The young are generally taught that any type of success is ill-gotten and not earned by effort, intelligence, use of imagination, courage, or effort – something also believed by far too large a number of adults.

The only way the country will rise above being a huge disappointment (occasionally diluted by a huge dollop of misplaced national pride) to all, is when Greeks decide to “own” their country again. To refuse to suffer the indignities and pathetic incompetence of their civil servants, to throw rotten tomatoes at the corrupt officials and members of parliament, to refuse to vote for a candidate just because he promises to pave the road up to their house, or promises to place their son in a public sector job with lifetime tenure (but surprise, surprise, a lifetime of wasteful pointlessness is the unseen freebie that goes as part and parcel of public sector employment in Greece). It will rise when an ingredient of being a successful politician is at least, the perception of being honest and forthright (currently no-one but a fool considers any politician in Greece to be honest until proven other than bent and gnarled by perverse dishonesty).

Time to wake up? There is always a new day, always a chance for better, brighter futures….perhaps you owe it to your children whom you claim to love so much, what about their futures?

Awake from your rotten, stale sleep and pave the way for the sweetest of dreams….a new and better reality.

May 032005

Let the lead taken by several east Europe countries and Russia be followed by the USA and UK.
A flat tax makes perfect sense morally and in terms of economics.

Just like artificial distorters of life – common agricultural policy being one example – it is time to put fairness and honesty, freedom and justice to the fore.

A flat tax would only be vehemently opposed by a few vested interests who have no right to earn what they do out of the ridiculously elaborate, costly, complex, energy and intellect-wasting tax regimes in most countires of the world. No right because their ride so far is fine , but it is not a right to have your government put in place such a complexc scheme of taxation that the very exixtence of it creates jobs, whether in the public (tax offices?) sector or tax attorneys and planners in the private sector.

A flat tax must be set at a very low rate – it needs to be below 20% and preferably in the teens to provide that \””compliance incentive\”” which will reduc eht enormous costs of enforcing taxation compliance and payment of tax.

The boost to enterprise, the worthwhile-ness of hiring (cretaing jobs) the worthwqhile-ness of working , being an entrepreneur, taking chances and moving forward – all will benefit.

Clearly in examples set by countries which have adopted the flat tax system actual tax revenue should increase in short order.
Productivity gains in the hours saved by the general population not having to spend days in tax form preparation and possibly, in not devising ways to avoid paying tax at all will be substantial.

No reason or excuse whould prevent this move forward – part of a general move which must be a new current towards fairness, liberty and justice worldwide.

OK America and Great Britain – do it now and let countries such a s Greece and Italy follow and then let the good times (flat tax) roll worldwide. Start!