This article is not written to show a right or wrong of issues. But instead show how there is an ever increasing danger of not being able to formulate a positive direction and/or worse, the fact that the determining of that path does not hinge on either party making the right decision, for there may not be an option available to be taken. We can quickly get into a situation were no one wants to compromise and take the citizens on to a positive path of correction. In the example below all negotiation break down and leave the leaders without recourse, stalling of all operations. I call your attention to what has happen in Holland and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his cabinet, who has resigned this week end.
Here is what I believe to be the meat of the conflict;
“Rutte, Verhagen and Wilders had held near daily talks at the premier’s official Catshuis residence in a bid to reach agreement on how to cut 16 billion euros (US$21 billion) from the budget, which stood at 4.7 % of gross domestic product for 2011.”
“The EU’s deficit ceiling is three percent of GDP.”
I do not believe there was ever any discussion or disagreement as to having the wrong “deficit ceiling” target, the disagreement was on what to cut. This is critical to my point. The cutting of spending was the saving of the country; it must be believed that this fact was crucial. Cut to that level or lose the country must have been made clear to all or was it? I ask; if the party’s understood the situation, why couldn’t they come together on some compromise? Excellent question don’t you think? You are talking about the effects these negotiations will have on the whole country.
I do not wish to judge the Dutch and what they are doing but bring the circumstances home to a local situation, and that is the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) and the budget process that is going on as I write. I have heard it from the School Board that some of them want it open, as to what percentage they will be willing to increase the property tax too, going from a 4% increasing property tax to a 5.2%. My point if we had someone on the board who was willing to argue a NO increase in property tax position there just might be an impasse were the tax payer would at least get heard once in a while, but that is never to happen. I can tell you if the people and tax system doesn’t get some relief the system will come to were you will have complete stagnation of the process. The tax payer is and has been put into the position of a constant compromise and paying the bill.
One of two things is about to happen;
1/ The system of taxation will be changed.
2/ The system of taxation will bankrupt the citizen.
The conditions of this situation are has in Holland and the Dutch, most members of the school board can not be convinced there is danger up ahead and that we must cut spending, change the system, or bankrupt the citizen. They will keep piling taxation on until the government is forced to resign and we will be forced to ask—-Who is right? Who is wrong?——-dumb question after the citizen is bankrupt and the system broke.
We Shall See—–Don’t you think??????