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Letter to the Editor: Kiwi style or American style?

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FROM:       "f.macskasy" 
SUBJECT:     Letters to the editor
DATE:        Wed, 14 May 2014 23:59:33 +1200
TO:         "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz> 

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The Editor
Dominion Post

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I am dumbfound. Absolutely gobsmacked.

With New Zealand's sovereign debt now around $60 billion (as
at November 2013) and having increased by $27 million a day
since National took office - John Key is kite-flying with
suggestions of further tax cuts?!

Is this how National exercises fiscal responsibility -
bribing voters with yet more unaffordable tax cuts?

Previous tax cuts in 2009 and 2010 were paid for with assets
sales; taxing children on their paper rounds; increasing
prescription charges; as well as unsuccessful  attempts to
tax carparks and cellphones. Currently, National is planning
to sell off 5,000 State houses that were once homes to
low-income families.

Instead of tax cuts, New Zealanders might care to tell the
Prime Minister that we should be funding education so that
parents don't have to fork out  $357 million a year in
so-called "voluntary donations" and spend long hours 
fundraising to pay for  supposedly "free" schooling.

It is patently simple. We can have free education and public
healthcare. Or we can have tax-cuts. But we cannot have
both. 

This is the moment we decide whether we want public services
for all New Zealanders, regardless of their financial
circumstances - or an American-style user-pays.

I hope we choose wisely.


-Frank Macskasy
[address & phone number supplied]

 

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References

NZ Herald:  Parents fundraise $357m for ‘free’ schooling

Fairfax media: Public debt climbs by $27m a day

Radio NZ: PM John Key dangles tax cut carrot


 

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Skipping voting is not rebellion its surrender

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

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The Mendacities of Mr Key #4: “Trolls & bottom-feeders”

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Key has given Judith Collins “time out” and told her to stay off social media such as Twitter. According to Dear Leader,

“My view is there’s a lot of trolls and bottom-feeders on that and in the end they get in people’s head. It’s an anonymous situation, it’s a form of cyber bullying, I don’t engage in that.”

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Judith Collins quits Twitter

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Trolls“?

Bottom-feeders“?

Isn’t this the same man who, recently, admitted to regular phone conversations with perhaps the worst troll and sleaziest bottom-feeder in New Zealand cyberspace – Cameron Slater?!

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Cameron Slater and John Key

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Why, yes, it is!  John Key admitted on 14 February this year that he is in regular phone contact with Whaleoil blogger, troll, and sleaze-merchant bottom-feeder, Cameron Slater.

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L-R: Rightwing blogger Cameron Slater & current prime minister, John Key

L-R: Rightwing blogger Cameron Slater & current prime minister, John Key

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Isn’t it terrible, the sordid company that one keeps?

Charge: broken promise/deflection/half-truth/hypocrisy/outright lie/mis-information?

Verdict: Hypocrisy

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References

Fairfax media:  Judith Collins quits Twitter

Radio NZ: Key confessions over Whale Oil

Fairfax media: Looks like Slater is Key’s Peters source

NZ Herald: PM hints tip-off came from Cameron Slater

Scoop media: Gutter tactics by John Key staffer backfire

Previous related blogposts

The Mendacities of Mr Key #3: tax cuts


 

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Twitter Judith Collins John Key Oravida

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 7 May 2014.

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