Originally Posted by strict66
Listen calm down , tie up your dog by the piece of string you walk with it with, sit down and crack open a nice can of scrumpy . When your nice and comfortable please explain where I demonstrated a lack of social conscience .
Poor Commies they think equality should involve everyone being poor. C'mere your a little lost in all this aren't you? There is no shame in it .
Nah boy, I'm just one a young urban professional in a sector that benefited in the boom and has been decimated by the collapse caused by other sectors that are insulated. I'm lucky to still have a job here and class myself as a middle income earner and therefore middle class. I guess my family background has always been middle class funded by a private small business.
I'd agree with alot of what you have been saying about enterprise and hard work being rewarded. However balancing this with a social conscience seems to equate to communism for you.
I know from my own experience and those of most of my acquaintances that middle income earners cannot keep bearing the full brunt of tax increases. I think more people need to be brought into the tax net at the lower end but to do this social welfare has to come down also to keep an incentive to work if you are taxing low paid. You don't have to live in a working class area though to know that there is only very little scope for taxing the lower paid or reducing welfare as people are struggling. If the tax base is to be widened and the middle income earners are to be hit again it would only be reasonable that the higher earners, the rich, be proportionally hit. I can't see how our progressive tax system and an extension of this (3rd/ higher rate of say 50% on €100k plus) would make everyone "equally poor".
Once the low, middle and high earners are all at their limit of taxation we can't do anymore. Public services will have to be exclussively cut and this disproportionally effects the lower classes leading to further social inequality. Dont for a moment think that resulting social problems and unrest will not affect you in your comfortable surroundings of luxury goods. You can't fully insulate yourself from society so we are all in this together to some extent. If that view makes me a commie, I'm putting on my red armband!
There is an alternative though and it is an end to austerity which would rely on cooperation from Europe (there's an idea) or leaving the EU as it currently operates.