Disaster politics

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, May 17th, 2011 - 10 comments
Categories: budget 2011, disaster, spin - Tags:

Gee, a disaster can be a useful thing. You can blame it for your pathetic record on economic management and borrowing for tax cuts. Then, you can take the credit for the jobs, growth, and higher wages created by the rebuilding. Course, you have to be a certain type of person to exploit a city’s suffering so.

10 comments on “Disaster politics”

  1. John Key is that guy !!!

  2. Afewknowthetruth 2

    If we didn’t have the ridiculous GDP system we currently endure, we would not be recording insurance claims and destruction of the environment as economic growth.

  3. todd 3

    Gerry Brownlee is that kink of guy.

  4. Hazel-Rah 4

    The discredited Keynesian notion that natural disasters and wars are the parents of economic growth lives on.

  5. Ed 5

    How can you possibly believe that the tax cuts have anything to do with borrowing – that freindly independent political commentator DPF made that clear in a response to his latest Herald column:
    They actually _lowered_ borrowing requirements!

    Would The Herald print anything but the truth?

    • Bob 5.1

      not sure if i want to click on a link and find david looking smug or friendly ? Not sure about the truth tho , maybe the MSM are trying the soft approach

  6. I have been crystal ball gazing. I predict a disaster is going to occur on 19 May 2011 at 2 pm in the House of Parliament, Wellington, New Zealand.

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      The disaster has already occurred. The budget will have been finalised and sent to the printers at least a month ago.
      19 May 2pm is just when the rest of us will finally find out just how bad of a disaster it really is.

  7. Craig Young 7

    You might also want to have a squizz at the section on ‘tax cuts’ in Irwin Stelzer’s excellent Neoconservatism: A Reader (Atlantic Books, 2003). Although it deals with the US context, it makes some very revealing admissions about ‘tax cuts.’ Namely that they’re phantom blue elephants (like alcohol-induced pink elephant hallucinations, only restricted to New Right hardliners…)

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