to the pitchforks, good folks of orstralya...
As dawn broke over Australia's new federal budget on Wednesday, it found some interest groups reeling at the new and straitened circumstances under which they will henceforth be obliged to live.
Among the hardest hit are firebrand conservative columnists, whose crucial supply of rant fuel has been cut off abruptly by the newly released national fiscal blueprint.
The suffering of such opinion leaders is twofold. Not only will most be obliged personally to pay the deficit levy on Australians earning more than $180,000 a year, but they have also effectively been stripped of two subjects – class war taxes on the rich and the reprehensibility of broken campaign promises – on which many had formerly relied heavily for rhetorical ballast.
Former prime minister Julia Gillard's broken promise on the carbon tax provided a rich source on which such commentators were able to subsist comfortably for years – even after the defeat of her government, it was not unusual to see entire columns reminding readers of how pusillanimous an act it is for a politician to say one thing before an election and do another afterwards.
But the budget has largely stilled the production line of outrage on these points, proving once again that budgets – particularly harsh ones – do indeed change behaviour.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/conservative-columnists-taxed-by-political-climate-change-20140516-zreyq.html#ixzz321NIKN00
Here, here Annabel, calm down... Here, Crabb is showing her usual grand art of fence-sitting with great cunning and magic conning ability. But it does not wash. The Devine, the Albrechtsen, the Bolt still spend all the time at the wheel of their microphones and typewriters, demonising the past occupiers of power. And please note with a pen and a bit of paper that Julia Gillard never broke her promise about a "carbon tax". Her deed was a "carbon pricing" which was structured in the form of a precursor to an ETS — NEVER a carbon tax. The difference is huge and the carbon pricing so far has been working. Stop perpetuating the myth.
Today's Devine rant is no exception to the loony conservative columnists: Kev cant waffle his way out of this — referring to kevin Rudd's successful insulation programme (one million house insulated, 400 fires due to shonky operators, four deaths due to shonky installations by shonky operators), continually savagely poopooed by these Gengis Khan spruikers, and STUDENT ATTACK DISCREDITS UNI (poor Julie, THERE WAS NO ATTACK despite trying to create one)... FARM SIEGE HAS RUN OUT OF GAS (apparently a farmer wanted his land peppered with holes for coal seam gas but was stopped by protesters opposing the deed as it would interfere with water table next door BUT the gas exploration company could have been involved in corruption — being referred to ICAC) and SLEEPING GIANT SOLD US A PUP (mentioning that Palmer sleeping in parliament was a given for not to believe his views. Palmer sleeping in parliament has nothing to do whether we like his policies or not).
Annabel concludes with the aplomb of a trapeze artist:...
Incidentally, it's worth pointing out that Joe Hockey – the author of all this inconvenience – is probably the player concerned who can least be accused of double-dealing. He made his views on "entitlement" known before the election and, in government, he has ploughed on and written a budget to match, in the process collecting brickbats for everything from his taste in smokeables and music to the price tag on a dress worn by his wife, a self-made woman who has earned a lot over her life, not least the right to wear whatever she wants.
People used to write of Hockey that he lacked political and economic courage. But they don't any more. That's political climate change for you.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/conservative-columnists-taxed-by-political-climate-change-20140516-zreyq.html#ixzz321NNKKq3
Yet again Annabel is quite easy-loosy with the truth, fleeting like a butterfly avoiding the spider webs.
JOE NEVER DENIED ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT HIS BOSS WAS BULLSHITTING ABOUT, Annabel. And Joe has been talking about "heavy lifting" and the "end of the age of entitlement" since the day he was born — being a couple of euphemisms for noticing he had to lift his own weight out of bed and had to go on a diet, which he has since abandoned it seems, as he smokes cigars. But HIS "end of entitlements" windmilling is only for some: the disadvantaged who can least afford the cuts. The scientists whom we need most. The students learning stuff for the future of this country. While miners get away with more of OUR loot.
And Joe's "medical research fund", is a nifty card trick in which little money will flow on from a heap of cash stolen from "ordinary" Australians who could do well with a couple of beers. In the same breath, his "debt levy" will only collect a few peanuts from the stupid rich monkeys' cousins who have not had time to bring their PERSONAL earnings below the $180,000 threshold, when the deed in enforced — by creating TRUST FUNDS, offshore accounts and other trick of the rich trade ... Joe is a heavy in the Crapmeister Abbott team and cannot be absolved of the dishonest crime from that team of thieves, in which Joe also used a fellow christian, Cormann, to help him along sell totally unchristian CRAP.
Your article, Annabel, is up to your usual excellent fence-sitting. I hope your arse does not feel numb yet, though...
MEANWHILE LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION...
James Packer is led to a gallows where the bodies of fellow Aussie billionaires Anthony Pratt and Gina Rinehart already swing.
The wild-eyed crowd is exultant, dressed in stolen Tom Ford suits and Gucci, leaning against looted Bentleys, skolling dusty bottles of Grange.
As the noose is passed over Packer’s head, a hard-eyed former garbo screams at the mob of hairdressers, bus drivers, waiters and labourers: “Freedom! Equality! Brotherhood!”
With a sickening “thunk”, Packer’s fortunes take their final plunge. “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!” chants the crowd.
This is surely not a world I would want to live in. However, history tells us revolution is often the natural progression of inequality. To some, a society where four or five hundred families control the majority of a country’s wealth might be equally as repugnant as the above barbarism, yet it’s actually far more likely.
As of 2013, the 200 individuals on the BRW rich list were worth almost $200 billion, which is about 8 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product, the value of every good and service produced in this country in one year by the other 23.486 million of us.
Despite cautionary tales of booms and busts, fortunes of hundreds of millions, of billions, are rarely squandered. They do not disappear. They compound at an astonishing rate and by the time Packer’s children are his age, the “1 per cent” which he and Gina swing with, so to speak, will probably own as much of the country as the entire population of Sydney.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/historys-hunger-games-never-end-well-for-fat-cats-20140515-zrbbl.html#ixzz321NaQZ2t