Sunday, 5 April 2015

If It's Good Enough For Them ...

I'm sure you will have seen round-ups of this year's best April Fool spoof stories earlier this week, but for my money New Zealand's Taxpayers Union outdid them all.

They issued a press release which was absurd yet vaguely plausible; and funny while also emphasising how the public's tax receipts are abused - similarly to over here - to influence and corrupt governments without our consent.
The Taxpayers’ Union has announced its intention to pursue taxpayer-funding to support its advocacy of value for money from every tax dollar. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: 
“Since its inception in October 2013, the Taxpayers’ Union has relied solely on donations and membership subscriptions to allow us to expose government waste and ensure taxpayers receive value for money for every tax dollar spent.” 
“Over the past eighteen months we have come up against sophisticated taxpayer-funded lobby groups such as ASH, Fish & Game, the Health Promotion Agency, anti-sugar group FIZZ, Generation Zero and even the Council of Trade Unions and Business NZ. Combating their calls for a high-tax future for New Zealanders has in itself been taxing on our own finances.” 
“It has become clear that what is needed is another taxpayer-funded lobby group to save taxpayers from the groups they are forced to fund.”
And the glorious denouement ...
“Today we have lodged an application to receive funding from Treasury to become a taxpayer-funded lobby group to oppose the other taxpayer-funded lobby groups, who in turn lobby taxpayer-funded bureaucrats, politicians and themselves.”
Congrats to the NZ TPU for using an annual occasion in April to ridicule a system which takes the piss out of us all 365 days of the year.


H/T Manx Gent via email


Jax said...

Genius! I just wish somebody here had thought of it first ....

truckerlyn said...

I agree. About time though, wherever it comes from, that someone took the opportunity to highlight this huge problem - even it is was an April Fool! Hope it gets people everywhere really thinking about how their hard earned tax is exploited!