Being the son of an accountant, there’s a certain inevitability that I’m going to die one day. Oh, and pay my taxes religiously as well. (Is it me, or is this tax thing getting more complicated all the time?)
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Tea-bagger – the idea of government isn’t inherently repellent to me as I long ago realised I prefer someone else to deal with all the mundanities of defense, trash collection and traffic wardens. And if they take money from lobbyists, give themselves large salary increases and skim a bit off the top, are we really surprised? After all, we put them there.
Whether you vote or not, some would argue your action or inaction gives you and everyone else exactly the government you all deserve. Sadly, the only people capable of of changing the system to one that represents everyone fairly are the very people who benefit most by it being a two horse race.
Here in the UK we’re currently experimenting with a ‘coalition’ government where two parties who ostensibly hate each other have joined together to form a government. This isn’t the first time and undoubtedly won’t be the last but has never led to any serious change in the status quo. They seem to inevitably collapse when one side realises it’s made one compromise too far.
It seems the last thing politicians want is the sentiment in Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. But then, do we really want anything to distract us from the latest Celebrity Kidney Swap episode?
Oh, just remembered I’d better do my tax return.