"Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes,” Benjamin Franklin 1789
I heard this expression a lot as a younger man. I had no idea what it meant. It was something your grandad would say. He survived wars and the depression and was qualified to offer such a prophesies. It's one of those pearls of wisdom that means nothing when you first hear it. As an ‘older fella' I am darn sure that Benny Franklin was on the money, literally. His head adorns the USD$100 note to this day.
Every day, Chairman Dan offers a range of banal statistics to inform or placate Victorians. Does anyone remember when the road toll formed a part of the nightly news bulletin? It appeared somewhere between Tattslotto results and the weather. Dan presides over a daily circus of meaningless dribble to justify his 'one man wolf pack' approach to dealing with this virus. Don't get me wrong, it is the real deal. I am working with some very smart people on strategies to conquer this beast. I am also thinking of ways to represent our industry.
Today's post is not going to revisit the taxes that plague our industry. Surely I have made my position and rationale clear on these points. Today's post is about death. How it comes and where it finds us.
Consider this as a year on year analysis. There is no qualification of the data, but the statistics are extraordinary.
March 3291 (+869)
April 3585 (+474)
May 3271 (-20)
June 3126 (-1611)
If you consider the death rates of COVID-19 at a grand total of 278 in The Big V, then you start to paint a picture. There is nothing surer than taxes. Death on the other hand, is what it is.
The statistics that are being offered up and justification for a bunch of incompetents running our state and dictating our lives just mask the real damage being done by this pandemic and the negligent management of it.
I want you to consider the statistics of the forgotten pandemics including, self harm, suicide and mental health. Consider bank foreclosures, business foreclosures, landlord losses, farmers, suppliers, wholesalers, domestic violence, child anxiety and anything else that you can think of.
The only thing I'm sure of, is that we have made a meal of this. Benjamin Franklin will be turning in his grave.