Tax the Poor

Updated on June 23, 2018

Tax

Taxes grind me to the ground,

no relief have I found,

tobacco keeps me in poverty,

I cry for sweet liberty.


They say it's for our health,

they just increase their wealth,

this price, I've had enough,

I don't want to give it up.


It's like coping a fine,

not drinking wine,

drinking isn't much fun any more,

I guess they just tax the poor.

About the Author

I was born in Melbourne Australia on march 4th 1957. My mother worked in a pie van at Victoria market. My father drank. My brother, sister and I used to take time off school, go to the museum, sneak into the zoo. When I was 9 we moved to a country town not far from the city. I enjoyed roaming around the paddocks. I didn't do well at school, I dropped out to pursue a career in retail. I managed an aquarium successfully. In 1985 I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, with this came heavy cannabis use. I was in and out of hospital for a long time. New medications have made me stable, I haven't been hospitalised since 2000. I have a generous disability pension. I am polite and courteous which makes me friends and with my childhood poverty and mental illness I have been treated well by government workers. It's like wading in a lake of TLC.

Down and Out in London and Paris by George Orwell

Down and Out in Paris and London
Down and Out in Paris and London

This unusual fictional account - in good part autobiographical - narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. The Parisian episode is fascinating for its expose of the kitchens of posh French restaurants, where the narrator works at the bottom of the culinary echelon as dishwasher, or plongeur. In London, while waiting for a job, he experiences the world of tramps, street people, and free lodging houses. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

Growing up in poverty I wasn't shoked by the poverty described in this book. As with all of Orwells' books, it was a good read.It gave me an insight into the man and showed me a different side of him,Things have change since Orwells' youth,at least in the west, we are much better off.It reminds me how lucky I am to live in Australia in the present era.

 

© 2018 JAMES

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