Libertarian Sean Fitzpatrick sent me this Guest Post:
Politicians playing silly bugger debates in NZ over GST being cut in the face of rising prices of vital commodities now have a sinister parallel in the response to the hurricane disaster in Burma by Burmese politicians.
While tens of thousands of Burmese are rained on for lack of shelter, starving for lack of food, and dying for lack of water and basic medicines, the Burmese government is restricting access to suppliers of food, water, shelter and medical supplies.
While aid agencies are kept out and the supplies they send in are seized, we bear witness on TV to the sickening sight of military rulers handing out aid in the most contrived way.
These bastards see the crisis as little more than a photo opportunity; a propaganda exercise. They do not give a monkeys for the health and welfare of the people - they see the disaster only as a threat to their grip on power.
How else is this different to politicians using the financial strife hitting kiwi families as a chance to 'outscore' each other on 'solutions' that will not make a blind bit of difference?The answer in both places is the same: get the government the hell out of the way!