I held up the coin in front of my face. It felt nice in paws, it was warm. “Money is power,” I said to myself. Whoever said that was a human, I couldn’t think of any uses for money. Rats didn’t trade or buy they stole, scavenged, and looked for the things they needed. I started to think about how flawed the system rats used to stay alive was. If there were no people to leech off of then we could potentially die out. I sighed and clutched the coin to my chest. “Perhaps money is power,” I muttered.
Behind The News – This clip was called: Greece in Trouble (BTN Clip Released: 21/07/2015)
This BTN clip was about the recent financial difficulties Greece is going through and the loan that has come through from neighboring European countries. It mentioned that the European government has given a loan of several billion dollars to Greece. It mentioned how the financial crisis in Greece started, (Because of a year when the government spent too much money). It also said that the main objection the Greek public had to the loan was austerity.
I understand why it is so important to restore Greece with the loan money even though there is the consequence of austerity because it will stop many riots that I myself have even been through and once the loan is paid off it will be beneficial to the country extremely. I also understand austerity is needed for the country to pay back the loan because without restricting the money given to the Greek public extremely Greece could be in debt for centuries.
A question I still have is: “What year is Greece expected to return to a stable economical state?”.
I fell through the vent on the vaults wall, I was sent crashing onto the ground with the sound of a metal vent coming not far behind me. I pushed off the vent, stood up and brushed myself off. As I looked up I saw the majesty that lay inside here. Stacks and stacks of money, enough for any human to prosper and live the high life. But when you’re a rat a million dollars is spent in a different way. I suppose it could be called a waste but when this much food confronts a rat there’s not option of refusal, I dived in.
I emerged from the sewers of a once fertile world. As I emerged I saw wrecks of buildings, scorched earth and ruined concrete. I gazed upon the ashen trees burnt to the ground by nuclear firestorms. The sun seemed to be burning twice as bright as it used to. The city surrounding me was left in ruin. I ventured into the remains of one of the houses looking for another rat or anything left. This house seemed to be mostly intact apart from the water dripping in the kitchen, the noise was unsettling, like the heat and the thought of this house once prospering. It was only until I went up what was left of some stairs when I found one of the people that lived here. There was a dead child laying in bed. As I looked at the skeleton of this child I couldn’t help but feel what the child felt before he went to sleep, perhaps dying while asleep was the best fate for a child, or maybe he was hiding from the atomic bombardment under his covers. Then I heard the drip from downstairs again, yet this time it was accompanied by a different sound, the sound of breathing. I inched my way down the stairs trying not to make any noise. Once I glanced into the kitchen I discovered something moving, it was a dog. It didn’t seem to notice me as it was enthralled with the water dripping from the ceiling. As I carefully approached it I could make out a faint name on a collar around the dogs neck, it read ‘Muffy’. “Muffy,” I whispered, suddenly the dogs attention snapped onto me and it ran towards me and then made a dead stop in front of my paws. It looked down at me with ruffled fur that was missing patches and it was drooling irradiated saliva. I looked back at it, it was mercilessly panting looking at me with fluorescent eyes filled with hope. But as soon as I had a closer inspection of this beast I knew it was poisoned and had to be put down. I walked outside watching closely as the dog followed behind me, I went around to the side of the house where there was a dumpster and a broken window. I said loudly “Muffy!”, the dog came eagerly. I examined the ground and found a shard of glass, I then picked it up and decided his fate. I looked down pitifully on the dogs corpse, perhaps now it can rest in piece. I sighed and wiped a tear off my eye…
I emerged from the scorched earth and ruined concrete. I gazed upon the ashen trees burnt to the ground by nuclear fire. The sun seemed to be burning twice as bright as it used to. The city surrounding me was left in ruin. I ventured into the remains of one of the houses looking for another rat or anything left. This house seemed to be mostly intact apart from the water dripping in the kitchen, the noise was unsettling, I felt the anxiety, the heat and the thought of this house once prospering. It was only until I went up what was left of some stairs when I found the people that lived here. I wish I’d known them back when…
Behind The News – This clip was called: GST Changes (BTN Clip Released: 04/11/2014)
This BTN clip was about the GST and how it may be changed soon. It mentioned the the GST is an acronym for goods and services tax. It also mentioned that the GST is included on all products we buy besides some exceptions such as basic food items including: bread, meat, milk, fish, vegetables, etc. It also showed that the GST makes up 10% of the price of most products besides the ones I’ve stated previously, this 10% raises approximately 50 billion dollars per year.
I understand what impact any change made to the GST would have as everyone living in Australia will be effected in some way by it. I also understand that the GST here is the primary tax that people pay and because of that it’s the best source of income for the state governments.
A question I still have is: “Why do the Americans not include their GST on the price tag?”.