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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..10 May 2014

There is a lot of talk at the moment about the Federal Budget to be released next week, all pain and no gain so the sceptics say. I am a big believer in tough love so if the government says we need tax cuts then we need them, if the government says I have to work until I’m 70 then so be it, I trust those that I helped vote into power. Of course every man and his dog has an opinion, and we do live in a democracy so they are perfectly entitled. Economists and laymen alike have their own theories on what the government should do to increase revenue and decrease spending.

Here is my two cents worth, I don’t think we need to decrease spending or increase taxation, not without trying something completely different first. What we need is a cashless society, there are businesses out there by the score still dealing in cold, hard cash, don’t tell me they don’t skim it, they’d be mad if they didn’t. If we had a cashless society there could be no skimming, revenue would have to go up as all income would be declared. Here’s a wacky thought, we might even cut cash related crime in the process. Food for tought.

This afternoon Brian and I went to see our granddaughter Caitlin in hospital. Caitlin suffers from CVID, Common Variable Immune Deficiency, and while she can fight it most of the time every now and then she needs a little help, hence a stint in hospital. Whilst there we looked in at the Starlight Room, this is a room set up with computer games and arts and crafts for the sick kids to use, a great initiative by the Starlight Foundation.

Today would have been my 34th wedding anniversary, it seems like a lifetime ago. I wonder if my ex-wife gave the day a second thought. It wasn’t all bad, I do have some happy memories, and I have four wonderful sons to be thankful for, but my life now is very different and I am very happy. For what it’s worth, I would not change a thing.

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