Budget woes

The shouting and tumult dies down as the media have allowed every single person dependant on government largesse to vacilitate wildly and often about the budget.  The attacks aginst the Abbott and Hockey have been sustained and not without some bias.  The ABC did particularly well with Vilma Ward, a Queensland left wing radical activist, being presented as a concerned Pensioner and a sex-line grandmother (there are some sick men out there!) who claims to have been forced into the sleaze business to help pay her rent.  When she come on-line ABC’s Faine smiled at Abbott and he winked back.  The furore from “The Wink” has gone viral as Faine managed to have a convenient video available even though the ABC claim they didn’t know who she was. Bullshit – they always know who their callers are and what they are likely to go on about.

They don’t just let anyone call, they must be anti-coalition to get a voice and call-id allows them to select callers who have a proven track record of agreeing with the ABC and it’s self-perceived role as opposition to any conservative government.

Glooria, who is actually Judith Power, is a long-time feminist activist and anarchist but insists she has never been a member of a political party, even though Liberal Party twitter accounts claim she is an ALP branch secretary.

In an amusing twist, this sex-line elderly anarchist and radical feminist, who by her own background defines sleeze, accuses Abbott of being a sleazy misogynist.

The hypocracy!

Some sense is rising out of the tumult but there is a lot of work to be done by Abbott and Hockey.  Their efforts at selling the budget have been poor to say the least  and quite a few have been disappointed that they weren’t more savage in their cuts.

The fight now is all about getting the budget through the Senate  and the new Senate, due to sit in July, comes with it’s own problems that occassion dispair at the offerings.

Particularly dispairing to me is the fact that Palmer’s roll call of Senators in both his party and alligned Independants will have the final say in alot of the budget final make-up

PUP senators Zhenya Wang, Jacqui Lambie and Glenn Lazaruswill be part of the balance of power and to look closely at one of them, Jacqui Lambie from Tasmania, despair can easily turn to depression.

Jacqui Lambie is an ex soldier and a shallow thinker.

  •  She advocates national service as a means to fix youth unemployment.
  • believes “hitting welfare” is not the way the Government should be finding savings and the nation needs “other ideas”
  • believes the economy is in good shape and the Prime Minister and Treasurer are panicking.
  • believes Abbott and Joe Hockey are nothing less than a pair of deceitful, lying political politicians,” 
  • believes abuse was an “intractable problem” in the ADF and made such allegations against the ADF that motivated General Hurlley to make an unprecedented intervention suggesting she calm down.

None of which bodes well for civilization.

Ricky Muir from the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, has signed an agreement to vote along PUP lines but seriously, I always worry about single issue politicians.  Does he have a solid background in business or economics that would indicate some rational thought might be attached to his vote in the Senate? His party claim to want to have a “national conversation” about safer driving but I worry that he  posted a video – subsequently deleted from the internet – showing his eight-year-old daughter driving a car and doing ”burnouts”.

Now that’s a good start to have about safer driving….not!

Independent senator Nick Xenophon, who is already on record as saying the budget will not pass in it’s current form and adds that the budget itself is unfair, mean and shortsited, doesn’t appear to be thinking about the big picture.  Other that saving a few millions by forcing MPs to travell cattle class he doesn’t  to offer up any solutions to the nations problems.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm has some opinions that resonate but suggesting a radical plan to charge asylum-seekers $50000 to come to Australia isn’t one of them.

I wouldn’t like to comment on Family First’s Bob Day but you could follow the link and decide yourself whether he will help or hinder our recovery

The Democratic Labour Party’s John Madigan doesn’t appear to be radical and well may help the situation.

Amidst all this is Shorten in denial about the cause of our current financial budget woes and I have still to hear him make any positive statement or suggestion as to how we might alleviate the situation that he and his cohorts created in the first place.

It aint going to be easy!

2 Responses to Budget woes

  1. 1735099 says:

    <In an amusing twist, this sex-line elderly anarchist and radical feminist, who by her own background defines sleeze, accuses Abbott of being a sleazy misogynist.

    Perhaps, but a lot of veterans will find this far less amusing -
    Based on current indexation rates over the last year, by 2022, a married TPI on full service pension will be $244 p/f worse off. Their total loss in five years will amount to over $18000.

    A war widow will be $107 p/f worse off. Their total loss in five years will be almost $8000.

    The proposed reduced indexation rate will increase the loss each and every year after that.

    Now I’m not on a TPI pension, but many blokes I know in my unit are. Haven’t they already paid a high enough price to this nation?

    Why should they be targeted in this budget?

  2. Kev says:

    Because everyone has to help pay for the Gillard/Rudd spendathon.

    I’m disappointed that we didn’t get our preferred indexation as promised but in light of how bad the deficits and interest payments are I’m prepared to help pay. We will still get the TPI pension, we will still get quarterly increases and with proven economic managers in charge, in due course there will be a case to adjust the indexation. Once GDP increases, once Business is in charge of business rather than unions, once the Green waste of money has been curtailed then we will have a case.

    Until then, we bite the bullett like the rest of society.

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