However, the people tend to become restless when taxes are used not to protect against the arbitrary use of power but for the sole benefit of the tax gatherers and spenders (baron, bureaucrat or politician). That’s why tales of folk heroes like Robin Hood resonate down the ages. If the tax gatherers and spenders extract too much by force in exchange for too little benefit, individuals get rebellious.
That is why it is important to have watchdogs like the Taxpayers’ Union and the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance who seek out and shine a light on the misuse of public funds. These organisations know that there is no such thing as government or local government money, only taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ money. They also know that bureaucrats and politicians need saving from themselves when they forget who they represent and how they spend other people’s money.
This forgetfulness can come about when the tax spenders get infected with attacks of entitlementitis. They stop thinking about the individuals they are there to protect and serve and start thinking about their own needs and wants instead.
Here are some incidents of entitlementitis highlighted recently by the Taxpayers’ Union
DOES INVERCARGILL NEED THIS MANY SISTERS?
Following recent revelations of the four Invercargill City Council staff being sent to a Chinese sister city to procure light bulbs and coming back empty handed despite the cost to Invercargill City ratepayers amounting to more than $21,000 - the Taxpayers’ Unionis shocked to learn that a new five member delegation is off Japan on Friday to visit another sister city.
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “There comes a point where political leaders have to ask what benefit the ratepayers actually receives for these expensive jaunts overseas.”
“We’re calling on councils up and down New Zealand to conduct audits into what value, if any, ratepayers get from these overseas junkets. Even councillors are now contacting us to say it’s its time the gravy train dried up.”
Your New Hawaii Holiday Home - Take The Tour
Last night TV3's Story showed our ED's reaction to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spending $6.2 million on a diplomatic residence in Hawaii. The mansion has all the essentials for New Zealand's representative in Honolulu: crystal chandeliers, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, marble fixtures, a heated pool and even its own waterfall!
The revelation comes in the wake of MFAT buying an $11 million apartment in New York. See the youtube video
“I’ve always wanted to go to a peace conference and was drawn to this one through the name “World without war: Action for Peace.”
“I applied to my local board professional development fund for the fee”
“I’d certainly be grateful for a bit of peace training at local government level. And perhaps we should encourage mandatory attendance at peace events for elected representatives.”
There isn’t enough money to provide for core Council infrastructure like maintaining our roads, or providing much needed footpaths, or improving public facilities, yet Shirin Brown thinks a better use of our money would be to spend it on her own personal desires.
I call that disgusting, and a very good reason why she should never again be allowed any near taxpayers’ or ratepayers’ money.