60% Tax On Fuel!
This is just disgusting.Tendai Biti, the MDC-T minister of finance in this Zimbabwean Inclusive Impediment to People's Hopes, charges 60% tax on all imports of fuels and motor oils into the country.As you know from my previous articles on this blog, fuel costs have risen so much in Zimbabwe over the last couple of months that they are having an impact on inflation, as prices of goods and services rise in order to chase transportation costs.What this means is that 60% of what a Zimbabwean pays at the pump when they fill up their car goes directly to Tendai Biti, since fuel companies simply adjust their prices so that the buyer pays that tax cost in the end.While this is going on, you have the same MDC-T, through its Minister of Energy, telling the fuel companies what to charge (fixing prices, a la ZANU PF) and threatening them with all manner of things if they fail to comply.In the final analysis, then, the MDC in government is directly responsible for the rise in inflation in Zimbabwe. They are responsible for the rise in the price of food (up 15% last month, bound to be much more this month).The money they get from this is quickly gobbled up by salaries for their bloated and good-for-nothing government.To quote Oliver Cromwell in his address to parliament:
It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you?
Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes?
Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone!
So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!