Post by Euripides Post by James Christophers Post by JohnO
But the government, despite all its resources, gets a free pass.
All? Any government's resources must inevitably become increasingly meagre when for decades per-capita productivity remains stagnant while demands both on the national exchequer and
Post by James Christophers
the parasitic 100% zero-productivity rentier class continue to increase unencumbered.
New Zealand can't afford itself. Fact is, it never has been able to over the past 40 - 50 years - e.g., borrowing from foreign financiers to pay WFF, and/or to award tax credits, to three-car over-breeders with incomes well over $100,000 is total economic nonsense, the culpability for this madness being equally and shamelessly shared between National and Labour.
Read Len Bayliss's "Prosperity Mislaid" (1994) to appreciate the dismal truth of what the people of this country have made of themselves - not that New Zealand is in any way unique in this.
Interesting but deserves its own topic, it is off topic in this thread.
It is relevant in that we have during those 30 years of 'neo-liberal"
doctrine lost the willingness to recognise the deterioration in the
standard of housing available to lower income New Zealanders, and we
have at the same time run down our capacity to fix many of those
Those now bleating that everything should have happened yesterday
ignore the reality that we are using our building and associated
trades workers as hard as we can; and whie we can be thankful that the
government moved shortly after the 2017 election to get many people
into training for those roles, they will not be fully trained for some
time - and that to import labour would only exacerbate the problems
that those same people applauded when they were receiving lower tax
rates and pay for workers was not even matching inflation . . .