The John Key Shire Volk Blues: We don't know how sucky we are
Whanau, we face the steepest economic recession since the depression. We know from the social carnage caused during the economic turmoil of the 80s and 90s that it is our societies most vulnerable that bear the brunt of such change. We should never forget as we look to relegate community safety nets to 'nice to haves', that our suicide rate trebled to the shameful OECD levels they are today during the last great pruning of the State.
All publicly funded sectors are eyeing the forthcoming zero budget with concern as what is needed in all sectors as they tackle an ever growing tide of demand, is not austerity, it is social re-investment.
It is difficult to reconcile the growing list of corporate welfare with continued cutbacks to public welfare. I've never fully understood why the most vulnerable in society are asked to do with less for an economic crises they had no hand whatsoever in causing.
How many solo mothers were on the phone to their Wall St stock brokers in 2007 buying sweet light crude in Euros while speculating on Goldman Sachs derivatives?
In the words of Scribe, not many if any.
Attempting to combat an economic recession caused by low tax, deregulation free market dogma by implementing more low tax, deregulation free market dogma is as counter productive as making Rodney Hide your work place anti bully liaison officer.
In 2008 NZers threw out Helen Clark because she was leading the stormtroopers of the Nanny State dykeocracy into your homes to force you into using water saving showerheads and power saving lightbulbs, yet this Government strips away our right to Jury trials, passes laws making you guilty before innocent and slashes public welfare while handing out corporate welfare and not a whisper.
If Labour had pulled half the crap National do weekly, the NZ Herald would be printing molotov cocktail recipes alongside the addresses of Cabinet Ministers.