There’s a firm pattern with this Key-led National Government now apparent to anyone with eyes to see.
When the world's economies collapsed before the last election, this National Party kept right on promising tax cuts and kept on swallowing dead rats we couldn’t afford. And then right after the election Bill and John confirmed they would be keeping all the dead rats, maintaining all the “entitlements” and permanently canning the tax cuts – keeping their promises to looters and dead rats, and breaking their promises to producers.
When thousands of emails and files were released to the ‘net suggesting the small coterie of climate scientists shouting climate disaster were being somewhat less than honest, and evidence was released showing local warming cheerleaders NIWA were cooking their temperature records, National’s Nick Smith listened only to the warmists, piled on ahead with an income-strangling emissions trading scam based on the warmists’ cooked books, and told Larry Williams the firm evidence of the 162MB of Climategate files was nothing more than conspiracy talk.
And now, when Don Brash’s Productivity Commission suggests ways by which New Zealanders could use their own money more productively instead of seeing it disappearing down the government’s maw – ways to increase their own income and earnings in a way that might see them catch up with Australia’s – ways which Don Brash was invited by this government to produce - National’s Bill English says to Don to go piss up a rope.
Which is really what New Zealanders should be saying to Bill and his boss.
Because the the pattern of this government is to do nothing and to keep right on spending our money and swallowing dead rats – which is only making every one of us poorer.
If this government has a constituency to which it is loyal – if it has a direction in which it’s heading this country – then it’s not a direction or a commitment that favours producers and wage-earners and catching up with Australia; it’s one that favours moochers, looters and a continuing drift into penury – and completely ignoring any advice, evidence or recommendations that might reverse that.
Are you seeing the pattern now? Incompetence, betrayal and blind, deaf and dumb to reality and to any good ideas. No wonder then that after a year of this government:
- Nanny is still with us.
- Her anti-smacking law is still with us.
- The Electoral Finance Act is on the way back again.
- The Resource Management Act is fundamentally unchanged.
- Rates continue to rise at double the rate of the CPI.
- The global warming/emissions trading scams proceed apace.
- Our substance is still eaten out by KiwiRail and KiwiBank, KiwiSaver and Welfare for Working Families, by bureaucrats and central bankers, by the IRD and ACC -- and by politicians whose snouts are already in the trough with an arrogance that normally takes three terms to develop, not just one-third of the first one.
- And in the face of the biggest economic crisis in seventy years we have a Finance Minister who can talk only about “sharp edges” and “green shoots,” and between times acts in a manner that makes a deer in the headlights look purposeful.
So a government just like the last one then, but this time with no means of escape – and no means it seems by which it will listen to anything approaching good advice or evidence against their direction.
But there is one piece of advice you can be sure this government will be taking very shortly, and we know that because they and those shilling for them have been warming us up for months. We know that spending cuts are off the agenda, we know that tax cuts are right off the agenda, webut we know to a probability approaching one that we can look forward to a rise in GST, and to a new Capital Gains Tax: which means a rise in costs for every New Zealander, and a new tax that worked nowhere in the world to arrest an inflating housing bubble – and at a time Australian observers are saying of their own CGT that it “raises little revenue at a substantial cost to economic efficiency,” and confirming that it did nothing to avert their own housing bubble.
So expect to see it here soon.