Got us paying for their greenhouse emissions. Bludgers.
Get to put all their untreated sh*t in our rivers for free. Bludgers.
When a council won’t give them more free water, they get their corrupt government to disband the council. Bludgers.
Nats have suggested, we’ll be paying for farmers irrigation in Canterbury. Bludgers.
Even get the government to pay for their R&D and have a cry when asked to contribute to the cost. Bludgers.
Now, another scam. Back in the dairy boom they converted a whole lot of sheep, beef, and forest land to dairy. Never enough water. Barely economical at the height of the boom.
Predictably, along comes a drought. You know what the textbooks say happens next. Our glorious capitalist system should mean farms that can’t handle a bad time fail. Just like any other business. Land gets used for something better. It’s the market. But capitalists don’t really believe in the market. Come the bad times, the farmers want another hand out.
So government’s giving them the dole. Yup, the dole. These are working farmers. They own farms worth millions. Only problem is their cash flow has dried up. Any other business would have to borrow or go bust. Farms get a dole hand out from the Nats.
Kind of ironic eh? Nats running this anti-beneficiary campaign but the biggest bludgers are their mates.
Terrible economics too. Totally the wrong signals. Farmers can win in the boom but never lose in the bad times. Encourages more dairy on marginal land. Encourages poor allocation of natural resources and capital. Means you and me will be dipping into our pockets to pay the dole for rich farmers even more in the future.
Oh. And these dole receiving farmers who can’t run a business without government subsidies will be getting big tax cuts next month top rate and corporate probably.
National: government by bludgers, for bludgers.