Continuing his policy of being all things to all men (and women) John Key said over the weekend he is going to cover the expenses and mortgage payments of New Zealanders who lose their jobs in the current recession -- and when he says "he" is going to cover them, he means you, the few remaining taxpayers are going to pick up the tab for those few remaining New Zealanders who aren't already sucking off the state tit.
You'd have to start wondering after this if it would leave any remaining New Zealanders who aren't already on state welfare, or whether by then we'll all just be thieving from each other.
It's now clear that New Zealanders and their politicians have fallen heavily prey to the delusion that it's possible to vote oneself rich -- or at least for everyone to vote oneself free from care, at the expense of everybody else.
Perhaps it's time to seriously promote the policy that the privilege of voting should be restricted to those not receiving largesse from the voter.
UPDATE 1: Cactus puts the boot in:
Why should those with savings bail out those without?
The working truck driver renting a house in Otahuhu bails out a laid off Bank Manager living beyond his means in Remuera.
Tell me - will there be any New Zealanders left not qualifying for some sort of Government assistance in a years time?
And answers with a big shagging list, the poster on the right, and this request:
Would the last taxpayer left in New Zealand not qualifying for welfare by November 7th please switch off the lights?
UPDATE 2: And The Hive and the Herald's John Armstrong both show (again) that as political reporters they're better at sport than they are at politics -- the braindead saps simply have no conception that policies have real implications for real people, no interest in understanding the consequences of policy promises. They're only interested in "the game.": "National Takes The Initiative," says the Hive. "Insiders say considerable and careful thought has been given to all this," simpers John Boy Junior. "If it is popular, the package could give Key unstoppable momentum."
Oh fuck off, you morons.