A new political party

Real Freedom and Prosperity

Join the new party now, otherwise you could be stuck with incompetent government for the rest of you life.
For once in my life I want to be able to vote for a party that makes sense.
Why do people insist on voting for oppressive and incompetent regimes?



THE PROBLEMS


OPPRESSIVE REGIMES

Government in South Africa has a long tradition of oppressing people and ignoring public opinion. The National Party and ANC did not consult the public when they chose a new political system. The DA also does not support the right of the public to choose the political system, despite having "democratic" in their name. One indication of oppressive government is restrictions on television broadcasting. A country that has three government channels and one private channel is not free or democratic.

These political parties ignore the whole idea behind democracy. The Greek leader Cleisthenes introduced a system of political reforms in 505 B.C. that he called demokratia, or "rule by the people." Democracy is government by the people, as declared in the constitution, to serve the people. It is not about a government that rules over people. It is about the people getting together, and establishing a common service provider. Power vests with the people, not a handful of politicians.

The political system is supposed to work as follows: The public sends their representatives (MPs or municipal councillors) to hire and supervise a government (or municipal administration) which provides services. The government reports to parliament, and parliament reports back to voters (municipal administration reports to council, and council reports to voters).

This system is not working as it supposed to. The first reason is the lack of supervision by parliament of government, due to a close a relationship between MPs and cabinet. Majority party members in parliament feel subordinate to the president as party leader, and are therefore unable to judge government performance.

The second reason is that the political representatives (MPs or councillors) don't feel responsible to the public. This is a result of voters supporting the same party every election, i.e. politicians know all they have to do is be loyal to the party to win a seat.

A third reason, is a concentration of power into the hands of a few people. For 50,000,000 people to depend on one president is absurd. It can't possibly deliver good results, as proven by history. If the population were to line the road from Cape Town to Johannesburg, they would stand eight rows deep on both sides of the road, continuously for 1500km.

Politics in South Africa is dominated by race. In other countries it is often divided by economic class. Ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away. Democracy can only work if parties are elected based on competence, not ethnicity, or government hand-outs.

WHAT MATTERS IS THE POLITICAL SYSTEM

The public expects too much from individual politicians. What matters is the political system. It has taken many thousands years for democracy to develop. Individual can make contributions to the system, but the system must be designed to produce results regardless of the politicians in power. Poor service delivery shows the system is not working.

EVERYBODY PAYS TAX

The present tax system penalises people who work hard and are successful. Capital gains tax, and tax on interest, are taxes on inflation. Dividend tax is a double tax on company profits. Transfer costs makes it unattractive to buy property.

The perception that free and subsidised services are paid for by taxing the wealthy is false. Everybody pays taxes through VAT, and higher prices passed on by companies, due to corporate tax, and higher salaries due to income tax. If there were no taxes, the price of all goods would probably be 30% cheaper. Cars could be 40% cheaper without taxes and duties. The people who end up paying for all the taxes are the poor people who can't pass on the higher prices through higher wages.

NO IDEA WHERE YOUR TAXES ARE GOING

When property owners received a municipal account with a single amount for rates, they have no idea on what, or where, that money is being spent. The financial reports of municipalities are also useless, because expenditure is grouped under general categories like "employee-related costs".

GOVERNMENT WASTES MONEY

Government tends to waste tax payer money, because there is no mechanisms to regulate expenses, as there is in the private sector. Government services that were created due to a need that existed many years ago, continues forever because government never cuts back on any service, e.g. defence.

BENEFITS EXCEED ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION

It doesn't make sense for people to receive more benefits from government than what they contribute to the economy. A population can't take more out of an economy than what they put in, which is what leads to high inflation, and an economic collapse like that in Zimbabwe. Free services treat the symptoms, not the sickness. The sickness is unemployment. By providing free services, the government is basically acknowledging that they don't understand how jobs are created in an economy. Any type of subsidy reduces the incentive to work for both the payer and receiver, which is bad for the economy. If the public don't want to support the poor through donations, then a democratic government should also not hand out their money.

NO DRIVE TO LOWER COSTS

There is no incentive for government to lower people's expenses, e.g. investigate cheaper sources of energy for households and vehicles. The benefits of using manual labour instead of automating is false – it lowers the whole population's standard of living, which is why the average income in the develop world is so much higher. Replacing commercial farming with subsistence farming also lowers the whole population's standard of living. Government housing does offer the potential advantage of lower cost due to mass production, but the houses should be paid off over 20 or 30 years like everybody else has to do.

NO FEEDBACK TO THE VOTERS

MPs and municipal councillor provide little if any feedback to voters. Political parties put all their effort into election campaigns, because they know if they win, they can sit back for five years until the next election. When you pay some-one a large salary to represent you, you at least expect for them to report back.

The Municipal Systems Act (no 32 of 2000) says under Schedule 1. Code of Conduct of Councillors: "... In fulfilling this role councillors must be accountable to local communities and report back at least quarterly to constituencies on council matters, including the performance of the municipality in terms of established indicators." Have you received such a quarterly report from your councillor?

REPRESENTATIVES IGNORE COMPLAINTS

Government departments, MPs and councillors ignore complaints from the public. At a municipal level, the rights of the public to prompt responses from their municipal council is clearly spelled out in article 5 (1) of Municipal Systems Act.

CRIME

Civilisation can't exist in a lawless society. A primary reason government was created, was to maintain law and order. When people have to pay for their own security, it means the government is failing in its primary function.


THE SOLUTIONS


There are three simple solutions to all the problems people have with government:

1. DEMOCRACY

The political system must be designed so that the political representatives (members of parliament, municipal councillors, etc) actually represent the public, instead of serving the party, and party leadership.

The political representatives should be responsible for policy according to public opinion, and the executive government should be responsible for service delivery. The government should report back regularly to the representatives: the community leader to the community, the municipal manager and head of departments to the municipal council, the provincial premier/state governor and provincial ministers to the provincial/state parliament, and the president and ministers to parliament.

This requires a separation of the representative function (parliament, provincial parliament, municipal council) and executive function (government, provincial and municipal administration). Government posts should be filled from applications received from the general public, and ideally not be party members. Government officials at all levels of government shall be individuals with the necessary qualifications and experience to perform their duties competently.

2. VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATION POLITICS

There must be a clear advantage for people to join together into a common territory, such as a municipality, province/state or country. Advantages are generally (a) lower costs by sharing services, for example, the cost of foreign embassies, and (b) reducing administrative costs by having fewer borders or currencies. This union must not impede the freedom or rights of individuals or groups, for example, each language group must be free to use their own language.

This can only be achieved if the political system is based on voluntary participation. People must join a political structure out of their own free will. People are only free when they choose the political system from the bottom up, instead of being dictated to by the government from the top down. The voluntarily principle is essential to prevent the majority from oppressing a minority group. The USA, Australia and European Union were created by states joining voluntarily.

3. VOLUNTARILY SERVICE PROVIDER

By far the best solution for poor service delivery is for government to be a voluntary service provider. It is the same principle that forces the private sector to be efficient. The principle of willing buyer and seller has been the obvious solution since the beginning of commerce. Every level of government (community, municipality, province) must have the option of either paying for the service of a higher level of government, or providing the service themselves, or using a private company. This will force government to provide efficient services.

ECONOMIC ACCESS FOR EVERYONE

Everybody must be able to earn a living, so that they can pay for the necessities in life. Dignity comes from being employed, not from living on handouts. We will eliminate unemployment by using economic principles, not the superficial attempts employed by the ANC and DA, which waste taxpayer money. We will do market research to identify and address the limitations to economy participation, which is the root cause of the problem. It would include a new and freely accessible, purposeful education.

SUBSIDISED OR FREE SERVICES

We will make it possible for people to contribute to a welfare fund at a community, municipal, provincial or national level. Instead of government deciding on the free or subsidized services, one unemployment payment will allow people to choose services according to their own priorities. It doesn't make sense to give some-one housing before food or a job.

TAXATION

Taxes should as far as possible be replaced by direct payment for services, by those who want the service. In so far as there are any taxes, it should encourage economic activity, by curbing high prices due to a lack of supply or monopolies, e.g. a land tax to place a lid on land prices, a tax on high profit margins indicative of a lack of competition, etc. The population should benefit from mining through employment, dividends to resident shareholders, or mining royalties, which are independent of profit margins, to prevent exploitation by foreign owners. Royalties should be distributed directly to the public, instead of going to the government because they misspend public money.

ITEMIZED BILLING

We will provide itemized municipal billing, and give users the freedom to opt out of services they don't want, in line with the Municipal Systems Act, article 74 (2) which states: "A tariff policy must reflect at least the following principles, namely that - (b) the amount individual users pay for services should generally be in proportion to their use of that service."

MORE FREEDOM, FEWER LAWS

Thousands of pages of laws and by-laws lead to slow and costly bureaucracy. The complexity of tax laws (try to read the Taxation Laws Amendment Act No. 24 of 2011 yourself) shows the ridiculous levels government goes to to collect taxes, instead of people simply paying directly for the services they want. We support a minimum of laws, written in a way the average person can understands. Costly law suits are often required due to vague laws.

At municipal level, we will provide clear regulations, with an explanation why they exist, the penalities for non-compliance, and if practical place the onus on the public to meet regulations instead of an approval process, e.g. erection of garden walls, electricity and plumbing certificates, operating a business in a residential zone, etc.

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

It is far cheaper to prevent health problems, crime, road accidents, alcohol/drug abuse, etc. than to pay for the consequences.

ELECTRICITY

We will seek cheaper sources of energy. Eskom makes electricity more expensive by spending your money on other people's solar water heaters, and wasting money on bulb replacement programs, and below cost electricity to aluminium smelters. When it is overcast, these solar users draw Eskom power, which means Eskom must maintain the same peak capacity, doubling the capital cost of the electricity. A tax on fossil fuels is better than subsidizing selective alternatives.

TELEVISION

Unlimited TV channels. No SABC licence – it was introduced when the SABC was the only broadcaster, and should have been abolished. No taxpayer subsidy – advertising or subscription only.

MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS

No need for 6 monthly renewal of prescriptions.

DRIVER'S LICENCE

No 5 year driver licence renewals.

ROADS

The residents of a street should choose the street name themselves, in any language they choose. No unnecessary speed bumps. Toll roads are uneconomical on very busy roads, like on metropolitan roads. The cost of the e-tags to the public, and the time wasted in obtaining it, is typically ignored in a cost analysis. Tolling makes sense on long national roads where there is one start and one end point.


CONTACT DETAILS

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