Sunday 21st of December 2014

amanda is kidding herself...


smoking is bad for you...

If you think I am kidding myself, consider a reversal of the stereotyping on others. How about users of illegal drugs as an example. If someone were to stereotype them all as useless losers who sponge off society on welfare, break into our homes and steal from us, there would be an outcry. You see, apparently it is OK to engage in stereotyping of a senior conservative politician, but not of others.

There’s a free kick on offer, and plenty of the lazy journalists take it. Hollow infotainment tries to get away with looking like sensible media comment. Stereotyping and ridicule pass as substitutes for informed debate. It adds nothing to the substantive political discourse.



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Amanda is kidding herself...

Her neo-fascist capitalistic side of politics (CONservatives who call themselves "Liberals" in Australia) have always treated drug users as "useless losers who sponge off society on welfare, break into our homes and steal from us" ....

AND THE ISSUE IS NOT ABOUT CIGAR CHOMPERS... But about the callousness of a chauffeur driven, disabled parking spot-stealer who tells us that we do not use our car much or don't have cars because "we are poor"... As far as I am concerned, Joe can smoke as many cigars as he likes until he dies of smoking-induced cancer or not but he seems to treat people below his station with contempt. 

The substantive political discourse is that the right side of politics displays a neo-fascist extremist side in their view of capitalism in which those who don't have money are stupid and those who make money — and let's say here some of the methods are sometimes often dubious though "ahthorised by the neo-fascist system) are clever. Wrong on all count. There are thieves in all echelons of society, but the higher the echelons, the bigger the loot. 

they sure do offend but they are not the best of intentions....


Treasurer Joe Hockey made a meal of his first budget and is making an even bigger meal of settling and selling it.

He was clearly "best on field" in the run up to the budget but has been near to the worst since, with some now wanting his contract reviewed. They certainly don't see him as "foreman material".

Hockey (and Prime Minister Tony Abbott) seemed genuinely surprised that the budget was criticised and rejected so widely. Yet Hockey waited some 10 weeks before attempting to woo the essential crossbench senators and was AWOL in the media much of that time, except for the serious distraction created by the release of his ill-conceived biography, Hockey: Not Your Average Joe. This only served to further undermine the budget's integrity and to raise questions about his judgment.

This week, he again made himself the issue with his remarks that "the poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far in many cases", in some bizarre attempt to defend his fuel excise decision. Another dumb error of judgment, especially given the obvious inequity of his budget, whereby the disposable income of lower-income earners was cut by some 12 per cent to 15 per cent, while the income of those at the top was cut by less than 1 per cent.

Don't get me wrong, it is unnervingly easy to make dumb statements in politics. Often attempts to make points with the best of intentions fail to strike the desired chord – indeed, they can easily offend.

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Yes-no, John (Hewson),... Dumb statements in politics sure do offend but from Joe Hockey lips, they are not pronounced with the best of intentions... Joe Hockey IS NOT AN ECONOMIST. He cannot read treasury figures without making a meal of it... And holding-on to his views for nearly four days without a flicker shows he is a pig-headed self-important zero-witted prat.
He should resign for showing total ignorance of stuffs...
And your own 1992 press secretary who stuff up your speeches then was no other than the gaffe-prone lying turd we call Abbott... Once a nasty dill, always....


a future-destroying budget...


It is neither the Treasurer's sales proficiency that is lacking, nor his energy or application. He simply has a dud product that no one wants to buy, writes Ian Verrender.

If there was any truth to the old maxim that any publicity is good publicity, then Smokin' Joe should be a happy man right now.

Instead, our hapless Treasurer, a man seemingly full of good intent on his arrival to office, has suffered what the Bard would have described as "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune".

Under attack from within his own ranks over his inability to "sell the budget", he's resorted to increasingly desperate arguments and even threats that have only served to undermine his position.

But therein lies the problem. It is neither the Treasurer's sales proficiency that is lacking, nor his energy or application. He simply has a dud product that no one wants to buy. And the sooner his colleagues wake up to that fact, the quicker they may be able to repair their standing within the electorate.

One thing the Treasurer has clearly and correctly articulated is that we face a long-term structural problem with our finances.

But there are two major flaws with the budget he handed down three months ago.

The first is that it is a bean-counter's, or even worse, a bookkeeper's quick fix response to a long-term dilemma.

And the second is that underlying the quick fix is an ideology that shifts the onus of budgetary repair from older, established and relatively wealthy Australians to younger, disenfranchised and those less well off.

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I agree with Ian Verrender to a point... But Joe is as much to be blamed as the budget itself. It is a quick fix through an ideology strongly subscribed by Joe Hockey who cannot see anything of value beyond his nose. HIS budget is designed to hammer science, education, health and a host of other issues such as the arts, but is propping up ideology such as chaplains in schools... and payola for energy polluters under the guise of polluting less... THIS IS AN ATROCIOUS BUDGET thought out by atrociously ignorant people — Joe Hockey being one of them.

Hammering science, education and arts is basically destroying the future this country should have. SAVING money in the bank DOES NOT CREATE JOBS... I know.