Today I don’t want to talk about cooking. There are so many events going on in the world my mind has been all over the place. What happened in Japan, what is still going on in Libya, the price of gas, threats of inflation, etc, etc,etc. it seems like civilization has hit a wall. We can’t run, we can’t hide, there is no escape….. karma is there to get us. But then there are news like this that make me think this is all a big joke and there is someone (call him “big Brother”) who not only out to get us but also is a big fat fucking bully trying to drive us to absolute madness?
So on the news this week the Portuguese Government is getting ready to lower the VAT (value added tax) on Golf from the current 23% to 6%. This is at a minimum ludicrous and obscene. In a country where non-processed fish and fruits will soon be taxed at 23% (currently 13%) and soy derived products will also see its current 6% tax increased to 23%, a 17% decrease in VAT on Golf is what they really need. What message is the government sending to its people? Golf is an essential good, soy milk is not. Try telling that to a lactose intolerant person.
Why do I care? Well I do for 2 reasons. First, though I was not born in
, I was raised there and have considered it my home country for the past 28 years. But most importantly and reason number 2, because I refuse to tip in one penny of my paycheck to bail out countries whose government leaders are as corrupt as any Libyan, Egyptian or Tunisian leader. In American we say “put you money where you mouth is” ok fine I refuse to put my money in my own country. As a matter of fact when I pay my taxes here in the Portugal to Uncle Sam’s bottomless pit, I don’t want any of my fucking paycheck to end up in the IMF funds to give away any bailouts in reinforcement this kind of behavior. US
But what really surprises me, is how little people in
How is that I in the US who make 5 or 6 times more money than the average Portuguese, and pay no VAT or sales tax on food (considered essential goods in California) am ranting about this calamity in my blog whereas most people there overlook it in complete denial? I actually wonder how many people know fish and fresh fruits will now be taxed at 23%.
This last weekend 300,000 Portuguese protested in the streets against the misery the country is in, against unemployment, against their 3rd world salaries, against paying into a system that only benefits those in power. Where in the fucking world were the other 9.7million? Where? And then Mr. Mario Soares (former president) has the nerve of writing an opinion on the French and Germans not wanting to help them out. Why would they? As a matter of fact why should the IMF the EU or GOD even care? Only 300,000 people cared enough, to make their voices heard on the streets. And to these brave men and women goes my heart, for they’ve shown courage; the courage to challenge the status quo, the courage to start a revolution. Keep the faith my friends, you’re half way there! Don’t give up now! Get those fuckers in power by their balls.
SHAME on all of you who bitch moan and complain, but don’t get tired of seating on your hands, and rather seat in front of the TV or go shopping than make your voices heard. Unfortunately things will eventually come through for your lazy conformed asses as well………….But it will be nothing but charity crumbles given to you by those who hustle.