Even though strategic communication-wise, I’ve already made my case on privatization, I was playing around with national budget numbers a little, comparing 2018 to 1977, and saw how severe the impact is. I call this privatizationgate.
One of the reasons why privatization was considered positive is because it would allegedly save costs and on the surface that seems true.
The national budget of 1977 had 86.6 billion guilder in expenses and 72.0 billion guilder in income, creating an additional debt deficit of f -14.6 billion.
The national budget of 2018 had €277 billion in expenses and €285 billion in income, creating a surplus of €8 billion. That seems like a win, but it is not, for two important reasons:
1. Government Hustle
In 1977 people paid a lot less tax. Environmental taxes did not even exist yet, then. But when privatization came into existence, in the 80s, the government lost a lot of its sources of income. Now a far greater percentage of people’s money is paid in taxes.
2. 571% more expenses per inhabitant
The Netherlands had 13.814.000 inhabitants in 1977 and 17.181.000 in 2018.
Dividing the expenses by the amount of citizens gives the amount of expenses per inhabitant. In 1977 this was f 6269, which is €2821 per person. In 2018 this was €16.122,46 per person.
All in favor of next-time-just-transfer-that-to-my-bank-account say “ayyy”? (I’m joking. If everyone would receive that in cash, there would be severe scarcity (if it wouldn’t cause inflation).)
(Ik wil niet grijs klinken, maar vroeger leek alles toch echt beter te zijn. Al gaat het alleen om de vormgeving van het document (wat kost).)
Deprivatization will save us so much in tax expenses (et cetera). Giving the government its original hustle back will have us living tax free. 🙂