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Open mike 15/02/2010

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  1. Jenny 1

    I see that Rahui Katene has announced that she is resubmitting her private members bill, calling for the removal of GST from (healthy) food.

    http://infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=47832

    In 2008 in a debate over removing GST from food, then Minister of Finance, Michael Cullen argued that it would require the government to raise GST to 15%.

    So, applying the scientific principle of Reverse Engineering to Cullen’s comments.
    Now that parliament is raising GST to 15%.
    Will the Labour Opposition join the call for the removal of GST from food?

    Dom Post Sept. 27, 2008

    Finance Minister Michael Cullen says it (the cost) could be more than ($2.1 billion), depending on where exemptions kicked in.

    “Assuming that the lost revenue would have to be made up by increasing GST on all other goods and services, the Government would have to lift the rate to 15 per cent.”

  2. jcuknz 2

    Sorry guys and gals … I do not like Standard 3

  3. Bored 3

    If ever we needed proof that Jonkey lives in a dream world you need only read his latest in the Herald, NZ is to become a financial hub….a place for meaningless speculation (aka international digital transactions) to be clipped as they go past here.

    This is precisely the world he knows and loves, he is a mirror image of the pain this creates for ordinary people worldwide. Our leader, no more than a glorified Gordon Gecko. It does not seem to have occured to Key that the system he proposes is precisely that which collapsed last year, in which the money changers were bailed out by the world tax payers (aka you and me). Disgust for this man and his ilk is too kind.

    • Tigger 3.1

      This strikes me as creepy: “It recommended that the development of New Zealand as a financial centre be overseen by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.”

  4. Jenny 4

    A nation of lions led by jonkeys, (Apologies to Lloyd George)

  5. Adrian 5

    Is Key’s “vision” for NZ the failed Iceland one?

  6. If the well paid and well to do got a significant tax cut, do you think they’d stop defrauding their clients/companies in record numbers ?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/3327541/More-fraud-detected-as-businesses-watch-every-dollar

    …probably not and some dont even need them, cos they dont pay any.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/3327540/Tax-case-a-threat-to-many-firms

  7. Doug 7

    We can get on with our lives now.
    And there is doubt that the Medieval Warm Period was cooler than today.

    Phil Jones: “No global warming since 1995″

    http://www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz/2010/02/phil-jones-no-global-warming-since-1995/#more-3852

    [lprent: Ah the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ CCD myth. It is pretty unbelievable that you are still talking about a regional climatic event (ie mainly north-west Europe and north east Americia only) in a debate about global climate changes. Do you have to take stupidity pills or does it come naturally? ]

    • NickS 7.1

      /facepalm

      Except of course when one goes unto the scientific literature on the MWP, one finds that the warming was _regional_ rather than _global_ like today. Also, Jone’s comments refer to stratospheric temperature readings you moron, not surface temperatures which have clearly been rising since 1995 if one bothers to look at the relevant data from GISS etc.

      And 20 climate crank points to you for masturbating over the hockey stick, which has been pretty well confirmed, not just by other research, but also by reviews of the methodology Hansen et al used to create it. Then again, why bother read the literature, when you have odles of climate-denialist web sites to delude one’s self with?

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Minister-plans-increase-on-endangered-blue-fin-catch/tabid/370/articleID/141541/Default.aspx
    New Zealand plans to increase its catch of the critically endangered southern blue fin tuna.

    Yep, our government is to increase the destruction of a critically endangered species for short term (because it sure as hell wont be long term) profit. They really do have no connection to reality.

  9. killinginthenameof 9

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2010/02/an_interesting_course.html#comments

    They are well and truely purging the acidemics at kiwiblog tonight. The war on 4 syllable or longer words continues!

    Would someone whos not banned (for dissent) please go and tell them the reason they don’t “get it” is because they are not very smart.

  10. Bunnykinz 10

    John Key sums up his attitude to his job in one sentence: “I’d much rather be at the Waimumu field days than at Parliament”. Don’t we all know it?!
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3323519/PM-Key-at-ease-in-heartland

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