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Are differing tax brackets – based on earnings – a basic form of human rights discrimination?

We have, as most countries do, a variable tax regime. Tax is charged on personal earnings in brackets based on the gross annual income. Earn less, pay less. Earn more – pay more.

The scale looks like this:

Earn upto $14,000 and pay 10.5c tax in the dollar

$14,001 to $48,000 and pay $17.5c tax in the dollar

$48,001 to $70,000 and pay $30 c tax in the dollar

$70,001 and over pay 33c tax in the dollar

So lets take a look at what that means:

PersonĀ A:Ā making $25,000 per annum will pay $3395 tax per annum and take home $21,605 a year (total 15.7% of income).

PersonĀ B:Ā on $48,000 per annum will pay $7,420 tax per annum and take home $40, 580 a year (total 18.2% of income)

PersonĀ C:Ā on $70,000 per annum will pay $14,020 (total 20% of income)

PersonĀ D:Ā on $100,000 per annum will pay $23,920 (total 23.9% of income).

PersonĀ E:Ā on $170,000 per annum will pay $47,020 (total 27.6% of income)

As you can see – the people on bigger incomes are paying vastly more tax. PersonĀ EĀ on $170,000 is paying 6.3 times the amount paid by PersonĀ BĀ on $48,000 despite earning only 3.5 times the amount of PersonĀ B.

PersonĀ DĀ is paying 3.2 times the tax that PersonĀ BĀ is paying despite the income being twice the amount. Person’sĀ DĀ andĀ EĀ get thumped.

During the reign of Helen Clark the top tax rate on personal income was a whopping 39% although these days its 33%. So those top two peep’s would have been paying a lot more. Ā  Read more »

Auckland’s infrastructure woes

Finally the MSM is starting to wake up to the infrastructure issues facing Auckland. I’ve been bleating on about this for some months now.

The Government is ploughing on with its supply approach to Auckland’s housing shortage, but it faces tough choices about how far it can push ahead without stumping up serious money.

The landmine not far down that road is how to pay for the infrastructure needed to support all these houses the Government hopes will be consented for its new Special Housing Areas.

There are already smoke signals drifting up from Auckland Council that it has reached the bottom of its funding barrel for new infrastructure to go with all these houses.

Its debt ratios are stretched and it can’t fund much more.

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Noel Gallagher says Ed Miliband is a “****ing communist”, very hard to argue with that

Noel Gallagher has entered the UK election debate in a rather forceful manner.

Noel Gallagher has branded Ed Miliband a “****ing communist” and descibed Nicola Sturgeon as an “unpleasant little woman” with “cheap shoes”.

Appearing on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man, which will air tonight, the musician said “the nineties were great and that first period of New Labour, as they called it, was great.”

But in a significant turnaround from his days as a fan of the New Labour movement, the former Oasis guitarist said he was not interested in politics “this time around”.

High Flying Birds frontman Gallagher famously visited Tony Blair in Downing Street in 1997 after Labour’s landslide election. He was among the numerous stars at the former Prime Minister’s “Cool Britannia” party in July of that year.

How Tony Blair’s ‘Cool Britannia’ ruined it for David Cameron

Asked by host Alan Carr if he has “fallen out of love” with Blair, he replied, “Not really. Happy days. Happy days for us all.”

He added: “The nineties were great and that first period of New Labour, as they called it, was great. They kind of lucked out a bit because when they got in the internet exploded, so the economy exploded.

“When politicians get in nothing really changes. If no one voted, and Iā€™m not saying that no one should vote, but if nobody voted and you wake up the next day and no one gets voted in, weā€™re still going to go to work in the morning. Lifeā€™s not going to end.”

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Sign of the Day

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Photo Of The Day

Photo by John Phillips/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Photo by John Phillips/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

The Human Owl

Revolving-head man Martin Laurello, born Martin Emmerling, hailed from Nuremburg, Germany, in the photo above he is turning his head in the complete opposite direction as he takes a glass of beer from a bartender which he is able to drink while maintaining this freakish position at party held for Robert Ripley’s oddities..

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Opening Weekend and the Benefits of Remington Nitro Pheasant

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The Dirty Politics crew after an early mornng hunt on Sunday

This past weekend was opening weekend and so I went to the Hawkes Bay to shoot upland game birds with a couple of mates and Simon Lusk.

It was brilliantly fine, so not much fun for the duck shooters, but we had four dogs and four mates and two Isuzu trucks (including my one, an Isuzu D-Max custom Maverick 13 Hunter from Southern Autos), a pile of ammo and some fun to be had.

On Saturday we chased quail and when that quietened down we went and bombed up pigeons under a bridge at dusk. huge swarms of them came into roost and we lit up. It was great fun.

On Sunday we went to a spotĀ Simon said had pheasants and we nailed three.

One was flushed by Bruce quite a way out and went away in a straight line from us. Simon put up his Benelli loaded with Remington Nitro Pheasant an one shot later it was down and then retrieved by Bruce.

Simon said to me that shot right there was why he used Remington Nitro Pheasant, and coincidentally he had prepared a post about why he uses it. Ā  Ā Ā  Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Why did Andrew Little bring up republicanism while Grant Robertson is talking about workers?

As we wrote earlier Andrew Little is shaking the republican tree, but why now?

Little has been travelling overseas, complete with a former EPMU staffer as his minder. He went to Gallipoli where he was roundly ignored on his walkabouts, and showed how socially awkward he is.

He also went to assist Labour inĀ theĀ UK in their election battle and trotted off to France to meet a pinko economist who has written a widely discredited book using cherry picked statistics.

He is back now andĀ the first thing he brings up when given an opportunity to speak on televisions is changing the head of state?

New Zealand should have a Kiwi as head of state, Labour leader Andrew Little has said, just hours after the new royal baby was born.

The Opposition leader spoke of his republican views this morning, hours after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a 8lbs and 3oz (3.7kg) baby girl to their family late last night NZT.

The as yet unnamed baby will be known as the Princess of Cambridge, and will be fourth in line to the British throne.

But Mr Little said it was time New Zealand had its own head of state, instead of harking back to colonial ties with a British monarch as head. Ā  Read more »

What is rule number 1 in politics John?

Leadership should be a truism. You are the leader because there is no other alternative.

When it no longer become s a truism then your leadership is in question. It may be still solid, but questions are now being asked.

And when those questions are asked you get forced into breaking Rule Number 1 in politics.

Prime Minister John Key has scotched speculation he could stand down this term, telling National Party faithful in Northland that he is just as determined to lead National in 2017 as he was in 2008.

Mr Key’s speech to National’s Northland regional conference at Waitangi was his first on home soil after a torrid fortnight dominated by questions about his pulling a waitress’ ponytail.

He avoided directly referring to that incident in his speech but made it clear he did not intend to quit: “I am just as committed today to leading National to victory at the next election as I was when first taking up the role as your leader in November 2006.”

If John Key is having to explain to his members that he is definitely sticking around then there are problems. Ā  Read more »