This week the government is pre-announcing the Budget, softening us up for higher prescription charges, fewer teachers, and a further assault on beneficiaries. Meanwhile, they’re spending billions on “Roads of National Significance” that do not meet basic cost-benefit tests, to service a declining demand for road transport.
The Greens are right: this is not “fiscally responsible”. It is waste, pure and simple. And if we cut it, we wouldn’t be needing to cut the education, health and welfare services that ordinary kiwis depend on.
And it gets worse. There is a shortfall in revenue from the road taxes that are meant to pay for the reckless RoNS, which would need to be made up with more money from the general taxation pool, at the cost of public services that are, you know, actually worthwhile. Gerry Brownlee, however, don’t give a fuck.
This is the attitude to $14 billion of spending, from the same government that is squeezing every million dollar cut it can from education, health, and welfare.