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Don't Pay The Water Tax

category national | anti-capitalism | opinion/analysis author Tuesday October 13, 2009 16:44author by Gavin Gleeson - WSM (personal capacity) Report this post to the editors

The Greens and Fianna Fáil have "negotiated" a deal whereby a €225 flat tax will be levied on every household, regardless of income. The levy is expected to generate nearly €300 million a year in revenue.

For families which are just barely scraping by, a levy of €225 a year is a serious attack. Coupled with a proposed 20% reduction in the per-child allowance, decreases in rent allowance, and increasing unemployment, many families will be making decisions about what how much food they can put on the table and how they will clothe their children.

The Celtic Tiger was enormously beneficial to those at the top. Huge increases in income were gained for the top 10%, while the vast majority of us saw either modest increases in income, stagnation and even a decrease in real living standards for some.

Now that the boom has stopped and the rich see their value decreasing due to the capitalist crisis, they want us to step up to the plate and agree to lower our income so they can avoid sinking. In 2007 the 10 highest earners made €7 billion in a single year. A 4% levy on that years income for just those 10 people would be enough to avoid charging the rest of us. The rich were happy enough reaping the benefits of capitalism. If they think capitalism works so well that it needs to be kept, they can pay for it themselves. We wont pay their regressive tax, and we wont support their system of exploitation.

And in fact, we don't have to pay for it. If nobody pays, the tax will be impossible to collect. When the Government in the South attempted to institute water charges in 1994, we didn't pay. By the Summer of 1997, the water tax had been defeated. We won then, and we can win again. Don't pay the water tax!

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author by paul o toolepublication date Wed Oct 21, 2009 14:18author email pauljotoole at eircom dot netauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

The water charges are a disgrace. Theyr not here yet but their introducing them by telling us that they are not introducing them this time.....but at a later date. Preparing the way for the charges to be implimented. The national media propaganda network RTE have run several interviews and radio shows on the subject, Kenny, Duffy, ant Ryan....further prepairing us for this charge. Conditioning us.

Eamon Ryan said that it would take massive cAPITAL EXPENSE to install the meters....the work is already done throughout most of dublin and are ready to install meters outside on the public pathwayas feeding water into houses.

The French poured concrete into their access shores after the meters went in and defeated the measure....Im Not Suggesting that Anyone Do Such a tHING hERE IN iRELAND.....BUT...I do have a shovel... and i just picked up a lovley cheap bucket in lidl when i went in for bread.
Whens the campaign starting...

author by Tracy wpublication date Tue Oct 27, 2009 13:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

yes I too have heard of the concrete idea and hear it worked well over in England too.....
so now not only are we getting industrial waste products added to our water and told it is for our own good, we are going to be expected to pay for being slowly poisoned too? feck off, this system needs a good hard and swift kick in their arses

author by Ex-Taxman.publication date Tue Oct 27, 2009 13:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You already pay.

You just don't notice.

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