The Abbott/Credlin team are successful in nothing else, except perhaps confusing everyone.
Perhaps someone should whisper in Peta’s ear (that’s if they’re game enough), that she might be a tad on the ‘obvious’ side. Going to ground doesn’t help either, it just makes it all that obvious, via absence.
However, let’s have a look at the absolute and utter confusion that the Abbott government are making of things. It’s all taken straight from the John Howard Little Book of How-To’s of course. . . but they’re doing it so badly, and so obviously that it’s an embarrassment. Therefore in the process, making naught but confusion.
Abbott won the election built on no vision for the future other than ‘trust me’, and no new taxes. There were vague and unexplained references that some sort of ‘something’ might happen, but nothing specific other than ‘Ditch the Witch’. That was the aim; there was no other.
Very rare and far and few between were any commentators from mainstream who bothered to ask the question: What happens next? Rather, it was wink, wink, nudge, nudge. . . clever politics. And bugger the country.
However, and aside from the utter ‘wanker’ that many consider Abbott to be, this is serious business and the remaking of Australia.
Much has been written, and to give credit by mainstream criticising what are colloquially known as Abbott brain f*rts, and given credence by the Commission of Audit. . . however, due to lack of coherence Abbott brain f*rts they remain.
**Just as an aside, but if the Commission of Audit comes up with these you’beaut ideas, how is Hockey able to ‘bung’ them into the budget so quickly if the whole kit wasn’t already preconceived? No, don’t tell me. . .
However, back to the serious stuff, and one of the better, more precise articles in my opinion is via Bernard Keane, who states:
The Abbott government’s National Commission of Audit has recommended the abandonment of Australia’s post-war fiscal structure in favour of a decentralised state-based model of taxation and service delivery that would significantly reduce the Commonwealth’s role in national life.
I hope that we’ve all got that. . .it’s not just an Abbott brain f*rt, nor Eleventy Joe Hockey but a ‘fiscal restructure’.
And by the way, has anyone else noted how we’ve been ‘done’ – a Howard strategy – throw in all kinds of furphies – such as granny being dragged bodily from the family homes under the ‘leaked rumour’ that the family home is to be included in the assets test for the old age pension – so as to distract the plebs, but meanwhile the Libs are onto serious business, such as ‘the abandonment of Australia’s post-war fiscal structure‘.
In spite of economists from A to Z stating that a deficit, and especially such a low one for a vibrant economy such as Australia’s isn’t such a problem, it seems that the Abbott/Credlin/Hockey team are intent on forging ahead.
As the Catholic Social Justice Network states:
When invested wisely and efficiently, deficit spending has the ability to spur economic growth, create jobs, and accelerate recovery. In our current economic climate, NETWORK recognizes deficit spending as a necessary action in the restoration of a healthy economic environment. As society’s most vulnerable are impacted the most by the recession, our call to justice and compassion moves us to action, and the need for deficit spending becomes even greater.
My impression is that the Abbott government is intent on sending us on a downward spiral while trying to fob responsibility off onto the states. There was the scare campaign over a ‘deficit tax’ which apparently won’t effect most of us. So why start the scare campaign at all?
Or are the Liberals so disorganised, plus so inept that only a few days out from presenting their First Budget, that they do not know whether it’s $150,000 or $100,000, whether or not it’s $17.00 or $6.00?
However, most important of all is the social restructure. Post-war our society became more egalitarian, public schools, public hospitals. The Diggers demanded it. Having served their country, the leanest factory hand said, ‘My kids deserve the same as your kids’. You start with the children, you start with health. You give all a level playing field – you give all access to the best education, the best health care and. . .let ‘er rip. Kids from all classes, all races and cultures will show you what they can do.
The Abbott government’s intent is to restrict access to almost everything to user-pays, meaning that ‘if you can’t afford it, then you don’t get it’.
Blind Freddy knows that problems are NOT to do with old ladies sitting in mansions, lol-abouts who refuse to work – it’s not about spending – it’s about how the government rakes in money and spends money on the people with the ability to pay. Let’s say it again – with the ability to pay.
Does the Abbott government have the balls to tackle the big end of town? There are small bleatings about it, but my guess is that THIS WHOLE PALAVER is a FIZZER.
Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has described the Coalition’s measures to stop asylum seekers arriving by boat as “harsh” but necessary to combat people smuggling.
This is coming from Turnbull, where the meaning of ‘harsh’ equates to using dried rather than fresh tarragon in one’s Lobster Thermidor.
As a note, we’ve recently decamped to Wodonga, don’t worry Bacchus, it has an even larger cellar. 🙂 Therefore apologies for the lack of posts. Plus on top of it Miggsy has his law exams in a week or so, so he’s been
cranky, pissed off, all of the above, being nagged to death, very busy.
This pic was one of my ‘works in progress’, but I kinda like it anyway. . .Follow @MinkelCT