More dispatches from Planet Key
Planet Key’s #3 Moon “Brownlee”; Largest of the Moons, it tends to disturb other bodies through it’s presence. “Brownlee” has a rough surface and highly abrasive atmosphere that many find obnoxious. “Brownlee’s” gravitational influence has a negative, perturbing, influence on nearby bodies such as Planet Christchurch.
Brownlee recently let rip at Christchurch City Council for not carrying out repairs to council-owned community housing fast enough,
Acknowledgement: Radio NZ
Consider for a moment that Brownlee, as the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister, is in constant contact with CERA, Christchurch’s mayor, and anyone else remotely connected with that city and it’s re-build.
Brownlee has channels of communications that are open to him that allows him to discuss issues and problems as they arise.
So what was the purpose of this display of public excoriation of the Christchurch Council and especially the vilification of one Councillor, Yani Johanson?!
Does Mr Johanson not have a telephone?
Email? Skype? A paper letter? Smoke signals? (The latter seems to work well for the Vatican.)
Could Brownlee not have sat down around a table and asked the most basic of questions,
“How can we help?”
Or is the public display of testosterone-fuelled machismo Minister Brownlee’s new modus operandi when dealing with those who fall within his ministerial orbit?
This kind of authoritarianism may be the norm in Zimbabwe, Burma, or North Korea – but here in New Zealand it comes across as the cries and foot-stamping of a petulant child.
Meanwhile, National ministers should look in their own backyard when it comes to housing,
Acknowledgement: Dominion Post
Christchurch has been wracked by two massive earthquakes and thousands more quakes since. Every aspect of their basic infra-structure was damaged or ruined to varying degrees.
I think we can cut them some slack when it comes to re-building an entire city, from beneath ground-up.
Meanwhile, nearly eighteen months later, with no earthquakes or any other major disasters (unless one calls a National Government a major disaster), one wonders why National ministers have not progressed any further to re-build Pomare’s state housing?
After nearly a year and a half, all we’re seeing is a vast vacant lot, where once peoples’ homes existed,
Any ideas, Mr Brownlee?
(More on this issue in an up-coming blog-story)
Planet Key’s #4 Moon “Dunne”; covered in a dense, white atmosphere; “Dunne” is known to move from Planet Key to Planet Labour depending on which mass is greatest. The largest surface object on “Dunne” is the ‘Make Me a Minister’ volcano, which erupts whenever there is a nearby power-source.
As Minister of Revenue and Flashy Hairstyles, Peter Dunne is charged with taxation issues in this country.
No doubt his job was made considerably harder with two tax cuts (2009 and 2010) which considerably reduced taxation revenue for the State. (see: Govt’s 2010 tax cuts costing $2 billion and counting, see: Outlook slashes tax-take by $8b) Indeed, English was forced to tax children and their paper-rounds. (see: Key rejects criticism of ‘paperboy tax’)
Taxing kid’s meagre earnings. That’s how low and desperate National ministers have gone, to make up for the 2009/10 ‘lolly scrambles’ when the Nats gave away billions in unaffordable tax cuts.
To try to fill the fiscal hole that Bill English, Peter Dunne, et al, have put themselves into, they’ve been scrambling to raise government charges and tax everything and anything else that moves. (see: Prescription fees increase, see: Vulnerable children at risk from Family Court fees increase, see: Student fees rise faster than inflation, see: Petrol price rises to balance books)
The latest attempt to raise new taxes is Peter Dunne’s ‘carpark tax’,
Acknowledgement: Fairfax media
Well, well, well… a new tax?
A new fringe benefit tax?!
This is interesting.
Because John Key has always insisted that his Party cuts taxes and doesn’t increase them. Specifically, way back on 4 April 2005, when National was in Opposition,
National Party Finance spokesman John Key has signalled an overhaul of the Fringe Benefit Tax, during a speech to the Auckland Rotary Club today.
“The next National Government will cut the red tape and compliance costs that are choking our businesses and preventing them from getting off first base,” he says.
“A practical example of what I am talking about is in the area of Fringe Benefit Tax.
“Today I want to announce that National will revamp Fringe Benefit Tax to remove a substantial amount of the paperwork that currently occupies too much administrative time for many of our businesses, especially the small ones.
- We won’t entertain suggestions of applying FBT to on-premises car parks.”
And again in 2010, when a video was uncovered where Dear Leader was quoted as saying,
“National is not going to be raising GST. National wants to cut taxes, not raise taxes.”
When challenged on this in the House, just recently, Minister for Everything, Steven Joyce, responded with this bit of bovine faecal material,
“I would say that I think a fair amount has changed since that statement was made back in April 2005, which was when Don Brash was leader of the National Party. Since that time we have had three leaders of the Labour Party, and maybe a fourth leader of the Labour Party—”
Yeah. Lot’s of things have changed. Like, for example, the difference between being in Opposition and Promising the Moon – and being in Government and having to explain why the Moon is still out of reach.
And when the Nats have to make smart-arse comments about Labour’s leaders, then you know they’re really on the ropes. Defensive much, Mr Joyce?
Like Key’s broken promise on GST, the “carpark” tax is another instance of National breaking it’s election promises. Which indicates, mainly, that National’s tax-cuts were never as affordable as they made out in 2008.
Acknowledgement: National Party
Planet Key’s #5 Moon “Bennett”; “Bennett” originated from the asteroid belt, where many poorer dwarf-planets with low mass; minimal mineral wealth; and mostly invisible, are locked in orbits that will take them nowhere. “Bennett” gravitated to the National Zone where her mass and mineral wealth increased by close association with Planet Key and it’s many moons.
To repeat and quote Bennett, when she stated on TVNZ’s Q+A on 29 April 2012,,
“There’s not a job for everyone that would want one right now, or else we wouldn’t have the unemployment figures that we do. “
To quote Minister Bennett’s latest utterances on this issue, on 12 March 2013, when hundreds of people recently queued for just seven jobs at Carter Holt Harvey in Auckland,
“Well I am absolutely thrilled that 200 turned up quite frankly we’ve got more than 50,000 on the unemployment benefit but work expectations of them I think the fact that they are lining up that they want those jobs um speaks for itself and about peoples’ motivation to get work.”
“There’s always a lot of people going for certain types of jobs and if in particular if they are lower skilled they feel they can do them, they don’t have a lot of work experience, they have been out of work for some time.”“No I don’t feel there is a job for everyone and I think it’s damn tough but I am incredibly proud of New Zealanders and their motivation and the fact that they want them and I know that the economy is improving and we are going to see more happening.”
Acknowledgement for transcript: Waitakere News – Don Elder, Paula Bennett and the rest of us
Ok, so the lightbulb has finally clicked in Bennett’s head. New Zealand has a problem. We do not have enough jobs for the number of unemployed and solo-parents who want to work.
It’s not often that a politician acknowledges the bleedin’ obvious – so kudos to her for having the courage to do so. (John Key might learn a thing from Bennett in terms of not ducking issues.)
However, if there are not sufficient jobs to go around – what is the point in wasting taxpayers’ money and Parliament’s time on this exercise in futility,
Acknowledgement: NZ Herald
And why is language like this used by Bennett,
Acknowledgement: NZ Herald
If there are insufficient jobs – as Bennett herself has now acknowledged on at least two occassions, then ipso facto, the following must be true;
- The only ‘trap’ is a lack of work – not welfare
- Why “reform” the welfare system when welfare itself is not broke – it’s the economy that is not working (as are 170,000 people)
- Why muddy the waters with rhetoric like “trap of benefit dependency“; “introduce expectations for partners of beneficiaries and make beneficiaries prepare for work“; or that welfare had “become a bit of a trap for quite a few people“?
What does “a bit of a trap for quite a few people” mean? That it’s a “little” trap as opposed to a “big” trap? Or is she attempting to minimise the impact of her beneficiary-bashing by trying to soften her rhetoric?
So the “dog whistle” rhetoric filters down to the right wing; the ill-informed; and other welfare-hating cliques in our society – but the message is watered-down for the Middle Classes who are uncomfortable with victimising the unemployed, or who may even know someone who recently lost their jobs.
That’s the trouble with beneficiary bashing during times of high unemployment. Most of us know someone who has lost their job through no fault of their own. Bennett is walking a tight-rope here.
Eventually, people will be asking; why are National ministers wasting time on pointless welfare “reform” when it’s jobs we need?
Once that message percolates into the collective consciousness of the masses, National will be left standing naked – their corrupt, bene-bashing, dog-whistle politics exposed for all to see.
A few questions for Ms Bennett,
Why are you messing around with welform “reform”, when it’s jobs that we need?
Why aren’t you and your well-paid ministerial colleagues reforming the economy to create more jobs?
How much are these “reforms” costing us, the tax-payer?
How many extra jobs will welfare “reforms” create?
I don’t expect answers to these questions because, really, they are unanswerable.
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