A CRASS joke is told about politics, describing how government screws the working class, while parliament is fast asleep. In the process, the people are ignored and the future is in a mess. Although this aptly fits the Zimbabwean context, it is no laughing matter. For far too long, the country’s private sector has been at the receiving end of government's ludicrous policies. Let's take the recent two percent tax for instance. It was not meant to promote local businesses, but instead to cover up government's profligacies ― never mind the unintended consequences of company closures and crazy markets reaction. Who can blame them? Governments with a reputation for theft, even under the guise of implementing austerity measures, always elicit…