Taxation and fairness.?

My sister who is almost an accountant in New Zealand, one more set of exams to go, sent me the following.


People who grizzle about ‘tax breaks for the rich’ should read this:
Tax system explained in beer
Every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
They decided to pay the bill by apportioning the total cost of all the drinks in the same way that we, in NZ, pay our taxes.
This meant that:
the first four men (the ‘poorest’) would pay nothing.
the fifth man would pay $1.
the sixth man would pay $3.
the seventh man would pay $7.
the eighth man would pay $12.
the ninth man would pay $18.
the tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with this arrangement – until one day, the owner threw them a curve..
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.
"Drinks for the ten of you will now cost just $80".
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes – so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.But what about the other six men? The paying customers?
How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?’
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested a graduated price reduction based on what each man was currently paying, so that everyone would benefit. They all agreed that this was a good idea so he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay:
the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings)..
the sixth man now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
the seventh man now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
the eighth man now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
the ninth man now paid $14 instead of $18 ( 22% savings).
the tenth man now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free.
But once they got outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings."I only got a dollar out of the $ 20,"declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that’s right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a Dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I did!"
"That’s true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works.
The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction.
Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier



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The purpose of a dog!
A  Dog’s Purpose?    (from  a 6-year-old).
Being a veterinarian, I  had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish  Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron,  his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were  all very attached to Belker, and they were  hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker  and found he was dying of cancer. I told the  family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and  offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for  the old dog in their home.
As we made  arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought  it would be good for six-year-old Shane to  observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane  might learn something from the  experience.
The next day, I felt the  familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family  surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting  the old dog for the last time, that I wondered  if he understood what was going on. Within a few  minutes, Belker slipped peacefully  away.
The little boy seemed to accept  Belker’s transition without any difficulty or  confusion. We sat together for a while after  Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad  fact that animal lives are shorter than human  lives.

Shane,  who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I  know why.”
Startled, we all turned to  him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.  I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.  It has changed the way I try and live.
He  said,”People are born so that they can learn  how to live a good life — like loving everybody  all the time and being nice, right?” The  Six-year-old continued,
”Well, dogs already know  how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as  long.”
Live  simply.
Love  generously.
Care  deeply.
Speak  kindly.
Remember,  if a dog was the teacher you would learn things  like:
When  loved ones come home, always run to greet  them.
Never  pass up the opportunity to go for a  joyride.
Allow  the experience of fresh air and the wind in your  face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take  naps.
Stretch  before rising.
Run,  romp, and play daily. 
Avoid  biting when a simple growl will  do.
On  warm days, stop to lie on your back on the  grass.
On  hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a  shady tree.
When  you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire  body.
Delight  in the simple joy of a long  walk.
Be  loyal.
Never  pretend to be something you’re  not.
If  what you want lies buried, dig until you find  it.
When  someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit  close by, and nuzzle them  gently.

Zimbabwe’s forgotten children

BBC TV four documentary on Zimbabwe’s children

The value of .50cents Zimbabwean is not even one thousandth of our GB £0.00001, these people cannot even hope to find that small amount.

Next time I feel down, I must try to remember those in Africa and other countries who have nothing to live for not even hope.

Brock x Bet litter Dec. 2009

Brock x Bet litter Dec. 2009


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Website update 4th February 2010

Finally , the website (unfortunately its’ still the old one) Astra Sheepdog Centre has been updated with all the new litters of puppies and a few adult dogs.

I have taken this opportunity to set up a better blog, not only to keep you all informed of the happenings of the Astra Sheepdog Centre but also in trying to keep me motivated to achieve my 2010 goals.

I am sorry that the long-awaited new Website is still not active. As always, I have set myself a huge and expensive but not insurmountable task, which is taking far longer because it is much more complicated than first thought. 

I think I am a perfectionist in many ways, especially with my business, which has grown so large and quickly that our office organisation has not been able to keep up. I have spent many frustrating hours trying to streamline the paperwork to enable me more time out with the dogs. I would appreciate it if anyone has some wonderful proven ideas about office management to pass them to me.

So for those of you still awaiting registration certificates please be patient we are working on it and they will soon be with you.

Hello Sheepdog Owners and Enthusiats!

Welcome to Janet Beale’s Blog.

This will combine both personal development and the Astra Sheepdog Training Centre  development and coming soon actual training facilities for our owners.

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Janet Beale