Monday, April 28, 2008

The Great Leader's benevolence will see the proletariat so grateful

How despicably manipulative is it for Helen Clark in the Dominion Post promising "timely relief for families" as if she is Santa Clause, the feudal overlord, the Great Leader or the big chief, from whom all that is good can come.
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It's a bit simple. Give people their money back Helen. It will mean giving less to those who should be earning it themselves, this includes businesses on corporate welfare, artists, and paying people to breed. It means your government itself actually cutting back like people and families are.
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Then you might be able to do the three steps that will make a bit of a difference:
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1. Cut GST to 10%. Hardly a huge step, but it will help and help those on the bottom the most.
2. Introduce an income tax free threshold of at least $10,000. Amazing what that will do, allowing people to start earning money from their jobs or businesses without you rifling through their pockets.
3. Cut all other rates by 2%. It's not much, but it will make a difference to people.
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Of course you'd have less to spend on other things, but then - so does everyone at the moment. No reason why you should be different.
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UPDATE: John Key has, of course, suggested canning the proposed regional fuel taxes. An excellent idea. There is already remarkably high amounts of spending on roads, and far too much on public transport. Previous National Party policy was that increasing fuel taxes wasn't the right way to get more money to spend on roads, maybe there IS hope?

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