Never one to hold still, I am now partnering up with some good folks to bring cabaret to Jakarta - something heretofore unknown. In fact, a search for "cabaret in Jakarta" will return one hit for one show on one night last year at a rented venue. Well, we can't have that, so I'm going to open a new venue with original shows and create a whole new form of cabaret unique to Indonesia.
But in the meantime...
I am really cheesed off at the whole damn tax situation - not just here, but globally. I'm even more cheesed off at those slave-minds who dribble platitudes like, "Gotta pay your fair share," and "Taxes allow the government to operate."
For the latter, one EXCELLENT reason to banish taxes altogether. Never met a government worth the price of admission. All they are is make-work for folks who don't create anything but paper-trails and headaches.
As for the former, I could get hopping mad about that one. My fair share of what? Murder, mayhem, lying, cheating, corruption, graft, and a dozen other choice accusations.
Taxes do not pay debt, they pay private corporations called "Central Banks" for the pleasure of using their money. They can issue it in great huge piles and fast as they want to, and we all pay the price in inflation and debt service for the rest of our natural lives (and maybe beyond).
Taxes are a mechanism for social control. They are a means to bend your personal habits to satisfy the international banksters. They have NOTHING to do with repaying government costs or debt. The banksters WANT us in debt, so they are happy to shovel out more cash to keep governments running.
Instead, taxes are used to force you and me to adjust our behaviors. If the banksters don't want us to smoke, they get the governments to make new laws and raise taxes on cigarettes to make them too expensive for us little folk.
This makes sense to the banksters, not because they give a good holy damn about our health, but because nicotine protects the pineal gland - and thus the brain - from remote control through brain-wave entrainment through media and other electro-magnetic outlets (cell towers, etc.).
Beef is too healthy. Makes us strong and all the protein builds muscle. Can't have that, so the banksters want to raise taxes on beef until it is just too damn expensive to eat.
The one I really love is when a population starts to get too wealthy and independent, they spring all these new rules on you, or suddenly remeber rules that have been hiding for years, and then tell everyone they have to fork over penalties to shovel great piles of cash back out of the common man's hands.
This last one is especially egregious. In Indonesia, they suddenly sprang this (obviously) little known procedure that requires everyone to file property tax receipts with their annual income tax returns. But hey, at least they are nice about it, you have until September to fess up and pay a 2% penalty, or December to get a 3% penalty.
Keep in mind, this is NOT about paying the taxes. When you buy a house or car here, you go down to one of the State banks and pay the VAT and get a receipt for payment, called a bukti. No, this is all about not having attached a copy of the bukti to your annual income tax.
Considering NO ONE I know has ever done this, nor even knew it was required, everyone is running around in sack-cloth and ashes trying to figure out how to pay the penalties, which are levied against the purchase value of the property.
To call a spade a spade, this is complete and utter bullshit.
What this is - and no one in "government" will admit it - is an attempt by the banksters to cool down inflation. Since the economy here is no longer running at a growth rate of 7%, as in years past, they need to siphon cash out of the market to cool things off, and this previously UNKNOWN regulation has been trotted out to basically yank millions of rupiah out of each and every person who owns property.
This is nothing more than social control and has nothing to do with the government's ability to pay debt or add services. In fact, since the freakin' amnesty program started, the public services have gotten considerably worse, as if to show everyone how the poor widdle gummint can't pay to keep things going and needs to steal more money from us.
Taxes are, and always have been, a means of controlling populations, from the time King George III raised the Stamp and Tea taxes and caused the American Revolution, to modern-day efforts to control out eating and smoking habits. Taxes have nothing to do with paying government debts.
Let's take, for instance, the US. In the first half of 2016, the US government COLLECTED a record US$1.4 trillion in taxes! Under the Obama administration alone, the US government has collected US$20 trillion in tax revenues, while at the same time, leaving the country US$9 trillion deeper in debt. The current US debt is US$19 trillion. That means that Obama could have paid off the national debt and had a trillion or so left over to play with, but that's not the point, is it?
No. If taxes were meant to pay down debt and offer public services, most countries would not have any debt. But that's not the game the banksters play. They want us bent over a debt barrel so they can harvest us for their pleasure. And frankly, a government that can't operate on a trillion a year ain't worth having, is it?
By comparison, Indonesia's national debt is US$222 billion, or IDR4 quadillion, or just 27% of GDP.
It's time all these slave-minded folks who talk about "our fair share" and "supporting government services" get hog-tied and force-fed reality.
Taxes are nothing more than a control mechanism. Since the banksters are more than happy to print money and pay national bills, for a price, and use the strings and levers of government to make us all dance to their tune, there is obviously no incentive for anyone IN government to admit they are stealing our money for nothing. Hell, it's not even money. It's just paper with fancy colors and pictures all over it. It has no value at all, but what we invest int it.
Best to let the great Marco Polo, who brought the concept of paper money back from China in the 1200s, tell us all about it:
"How the Great Kaan Causeth the Bark of Trees, Made Into Something Like Paper, to Pass for Money All Over his Country: The Emperor's Mint then is in this same City of Cambaluc, and the way it is wrought is such that you might say he hath the Secret of Alchemy in perfection, and you would be right! And the Kaan [Kublai Khan] causes every year to be made such a vast quantity of this money, which costs him nothing, that it must equal in amount all the treasure in the world. And all the while they are so light that ten bezants' worth does not weigh one golden bezant. Now you have heard the ways and means whereby the Great Kaan may have, and in fact has, more treasure than all the Kings in the World; and you know all about it and the reason why."
Hmmm...and who is kicking the world's economic blessed assurance these days?
As George Carlin reminds us, it's all bullshit and it's bad for you.