Monday, July 28, 2008

So what are you voting for?

Do you want a change because of the Electoral Finance Act? It is probably the single biggest reasons to remove Labour, but what comes in its place isn't promising or clear.

Do you want tax cuts? Well yes fine, but so far tax cuts are only clearly announced by Libertarianz, ACT and NZ First.

Do you want a radical change in how health care is delivered so that it becomes consumer centric? Well yes fine, but again only looks like Libertarianz and maybe ACT could deliver that.

Do you want education for your kids based on what you want them to learn, based upon you choosing where they go and funding following your kids? Again looks like Libertarianz, and ACT could offer that.

Do you want the welfare state downsized and reformed so that only those who are truly unable to earn their own way get some assistance, and others are incentivised to buy their own insurance and protection against misfortune? Again, Libertarianz and to some extent ACT offer that.

Do you want private property rights protected? Only looks like Libertarianz from here, ACT is not that clear on this one.

Do you want less government? Libertarianz are clear on this, ACT appears to want to at least stop things getting worse and at best cut government's portion of GDP to Australia's.

So why are you supporting National? Do you just like Labour's policies but fed up with Helen Clark and Michael Cullen? You see, that's pretty much what it looks like you'll be getting.

So your choices:

Labour or Labour Lite (Helen Key and John Clark, whatever).
Libertarianz or Libertarianz Lite (truly)
Nationalists for Winston First (and stop those bloody Asians ruining our country you know?)
Green socialists (and stop those evil foreign drinkers of childrens' blood ruining our country you know?)
Maori Nationalists for socialism first, well we think (and stop both of them)
Dunne and Anderton one-man bands (build Transmission Gully and renationalise what you can and put the word "Kiwi" in front of it).

Methinks half of you just are fed up with politicians, Clark and Cullen especially - but don't really want change. After all, if you did, surely Rodney Hide and Roger Douglas would be able to command the sorts of support Winston once did, such as 10-12%. However they're not. Neither of course are Libertarianz.

So you do like big government don't you? You like how politicians and bureaucrats ration health care for you, decide what your kids will learn and whether to pay failing schools more, you like governments buying airlines, railways and building telecommunications networks, you like more welfare for the middle classes, you like being forced to pay for leftwing TV and radio, you like separate race based seats and laws, you like environmentalism and the way local authorities can run roughshod over your property rights.

Don't you? That's what this is telling me.


StephenR said...

This reminds me of an article I read in The Onion once - except this time it was the government saying 'you lazy fat fucks'.

Anonymous said...

What it is telling *me* is that you guys truly suck at marketing your policies.

If you cannot make headway now, with the 2 main parties so similar, and National so far ahead many people know they can happily give their party vote to you, you never will.

Libertyscott said...

"Truly suck". Yes, well time will tell. I presume you mean ACT as well Ruth. Though what's unclear is what you wish to vote for.

dan said...

at the moment for me it is a toss up between act & libz

Anonymous said...

If you look at it, the populace at large are concerned that a vote for either one of the "Libertarian" parties would mean a return to the 1990s. For many New Zealanders, the 1990s do not exactly hold fond memories for them; I believe that is part of the reason why you can suggest that John Key has become Labour lite - to get National into power, he has to get rid of the public perception (and a perception that is encouraged by the Labour Party) that a vote for National is a vote for returning to the 1990s. There is no point in standing for your principles and remaining in Opposition for longer than necessary; and I for one, am not keen to see Helen Clark achieve what only three other politicians in New Zealand history have achieved.