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Old 20.03.2012, 18:02
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SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

Hans Kaufmann, SVP Nationalrat for Zürich, has proposed that foreign residents of Switzerland should pay an annual levy of CHF 250 to contribute to the CHF 3bn cost of buying new Gripen fighter jets.

Grenzgänger/frontaliers would have to make a contribution of CHF 150 per year.

He claims that the current situation whereby Swiss men who have not completed military service pay a proportion of their income towards the military, but foreigners do not, is discriminatory.

http://bazonline.ch/schweiz/standard...story/25272250
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Old 20.03.2012, 18:11
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

Responsibility for rescuing me from hostile environments (such as a tram inspector on a Zurich tram) rests with the British govt whilst I have my British passport. It's only fair, therefore, to make me pay for a Swiss fighter jet if I am allowed to have a go in one.
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

He really will try anything to get his planes!
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Old 20.03.2012, 18:16
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

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It's only fair, therefore, to make me pay for a Swiss fighter jet if I am allowed to have a go in one.
Do you think the SAS can handle the ticket inspectors? They're fierce, I tell ya!!

But I was thinking along the same lines - maybe we'll get a few more weekend-warriors from the ranks of those who do not want to pay - that would certainly liven up the yearly army service.. Pints are on me if you care to join me boys & girls
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Old 20.03.2012, 18:18
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

They should have gone for the Typhoon anyway
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Old 20.03.2012, 19:18
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Responsibility for rescuing me from hostile environments rests with the British govt whilst I have my British passport.
What a terrifying thought. No more hostile environments for me!
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

I'd rather trust REGA! and much better value!
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Old 20.03.2012, 20:23
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

maybe to be fair, they can offer foreigners the option to have a swiss passport and therefore become subject to military service.
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maybe to be fair, they can offer foreigners the option to have a swiss passport and therefore become subject to military service.
I second that. Always wanted to be in uniform
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Old 20.03.2012, 20:46
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

They can have my 250, but only if I get a ride in a fighter jet - preferably the hornet as the gripen is pants, but it does look nice.
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Old 20.03.2012, 20:59
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maybe to be fair, they can offer foreigners the option to have a swiss passport and therefore become subject to military service.
If they wanted to be truly fair, only able-bodied males under the age of 34 would pay, and unable-bodied males until the age of 30 (from memory of who has to pay the Wehrpflichtersatzabgabe - correct me if I'm wrong).

And perhaps fairer still, with regards to the balance of right and responsibility, if it were further restricted to those at least eligible for to register for citizenship.

Given that that side of the equality has been quietly forgotten, I think fairness is a lot lower down the priority list in this case than the desire to have very expensive shiny new planes to play with without cutting the budget elsewhere.
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Old 20.03.2012, 21:04
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

Better value than the bloody Billag!

I'm just concerned that CHF 250 is not nearly enough. Can't even get a decent steak night in Zurich for that. Please Herr SVP make it CHF 5000 and buy the best to defend our skies against the awful auslaenders dead set on invading.

Whilst your at it why not buy a submarine from the Germans to defend Lake Zurich? http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/0...82J0GW20120320
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Old 20.03.2012, 21:30
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

Since i'm dodging out on the military i got to pay the extra amount from my income anyway, but i do love the idea of getting a ride in one of the jets, ill pay a little extra for that.

And i definitely agree not even the toughest of the SAS could take on the swiss tram ticket inspectors.
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Old 20.03.2012, 21:31
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

The biggest threat to this country is economic not militaristic. From what I see they already rolled over and died at Davos and gave in to the American and European powers that be. Truly sad. No fighter planes are gonna get Switzerland's status back as a refuge against the overly powerful non-democracy tax-grabbing claws of North America and European 'leaders'.

But of course shiny new fighter jets might distract from that for a while, rather like an old man and a little blue pill.
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Old 20.03.2012, 22:19
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

Oooh... political *bling*

And for what?

More air shows?
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Old 20.03.2012, 23:51
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

You've got to hand it to the SVP - their imagination and creativity is impressive.
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Old 20.03.2012, 23:57
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

I wouldn't mind having the famous "Bundesferien" instead of paying.
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

Protect the skies? I'll do it for 240chf a head.
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Old 23.03.2012, 12:20
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Re: SVP propose CHF 250 levy on foreign residents to pay for new fighter jets

I'll kick in 20CHF/year to repaint their F18's, but that's as far as I'll go.
Hey, I have a brilliant idea, if they need money to finance their military, how about holding a 250CHF/person fondue dinner? (I guess they burned all the tax money I gave them last year already? ) ...or maybe they can ask Billag to loan them some money?
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