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John Key’s “step change”

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, February 10th, 2010 - 14 comments
Categories: john key, leadership, tax - Tags: ,

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14 comments on “John Key’s “step change””

  1. prism 1

    rob what a suitable illustration – just the thing, it must be some medieval? Beehive.

  2. vto 2

    Snap r0b. I just posted this on another thread ..

    “Well I was expecting something more. Disappointing.

    Bottom line govt’s tax take from the public of NZ per annum is unchanged. Just moved around a little. Whoop-de-doo.

    The more things change the more things stay the same

    Watch the economy slowly sag this year.

    There aint nothing going on. The manufacturers are doing tough sales. The public have very tight grip on wallets. Housing is sagging again as we speak and will stay down. The band-aid stimuluses around the globe are being exposed as just that.

    Don’t mean to be gloomy but that be mine 2c at the mo.”

    • Sadly VTO I don’t think you are being negative. I think you have hit the nail on the head. Put your comment with Bernard Hickeys pack your bags X and Y generation and its off to Aussie. Nothing in this speech is major or new or will actually change the real structure of the economy.
      This is all old National Party Policy that was promoted as significant change for the NZ economy. The truth is its more blame politics from National. Its the so called lazy students, its the lazy teachers, its the lazy sickness beneficiaries fault. What about the lazy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mr im relaxed because I am always on Holiday and Mr I will take what ever I can Double Dipton.
      Same shit different day, take from some give it to his rich mates. No vision no leadership

  3. Stacktwo 3

    Eschering in a new level of mediocrity.

  4. MikeG 4

    John Key’s aspirational step change – brilliant!

  5. tsmithfield 5

    No problems with increasing GST and reducing the top tax rate. Anything that flattens out, and simplifies the tax system has to be a good thing.

    For those of you who claim it is an attack on the poor, the government is increasing WFF etc to compensate for the small effect of GST on this group. The only losers out of this move are the wealthy, so the left should be happy.

    The wealthy will indeed be impacted most by the increase in GST. Although the poor spend a higher percentage of their income than the wealthy, the wealthy spend a lot more in absolute terms. Therefore, they will end up paying much more tax via GST than the poor who are to be compensated anyway. Also, with the simplification of the tax system there will be less incentive and opportunity for avoidance. Therefore, the greatest impact of these changes will be on the wealthy not the poor.

    • Well Smithy lets remember how the wealthy became so, they are generally not some heroic band keeping the country afloat with their hard work and brilliant entrepreneurialism. The top tier simply appropriate the proceeds of the physical and intellectual labour of the rest of us via their private ownership of business. Don’t get me started on finance capital.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Anything that flattens out, and simplifies the tax system has to be a good thing.

      Only to you delusional righties.

    • handle 5.3

      “The wealthy will indeed be impacted most by the increase in GST.”
      Utter bollocks. Everyone agrees that GST is regressive. Even Key said so in his speech. If you’re going to spin, at least choose something a bit less obvious.

  6. Bill 6

    Can’t help but expand your metaphor… one lot as the Left Leaning SD Parties and the other lot as the Right Leaning SD Parties…is it stretching it too far to suggest that we inhabit the asylum below their little stairway?

  7. randal 7

    at the moment we are fooling most of the people most of the time.
    keep em on a treadmill like this and they will never be able to lift their heads and ask,”where are all the good jobs you said you were going to provide?

    • luva 7.1

      That’s right Randal. The people are too stupid to know what is good for them…
      If only they could see the light…

      • Bill 7.1.1

        Oh, us people know what’s good for us luva.

        Meantime we have to contend with the daily mind numbing drudge involved in putting food on the table and the endless flow of corporate propaganda invading our conciousness in the name of news and entertainment telling us over and over that what we want is not a good thing or a possible thing and conversely, that what is good for the corporate sector is good for us.

        But you know all this luva, don’t you? Cause you’re not stupid luva, are you?

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