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11:48 am, March 31st, 2010 - 7 comments
Categories: benefits, Economy, education, Mining, national, tax - Tags: anne tolley, bill english, broken promises, gerry brownlee, paula bennett, smile and wave
The Key Government is constantly promising us great results and actually do nothing that improves things for New Zealanders.
Bill English claims that his tax cuts for tax cheats and a massive wealth transfer from the rent-paying poor to the wealthy will boost economic growth and make everyone better off. It’s trickle-down re-invented. Does English have any evidence that it will work? No. Nothing. Yet he promises us that giving tax cuts averaging $19,000 a year to the richest 0.5% of tax payers will somehow make everything fine with the economy.
Gerry Brownlee promises that mining will provide a huge and necessary boost to the economy but the government is in near total ignorance of key facts to support that promise:
– The value of minerals in the areas the Nats want to remove from Schedule 4
– The value to the New Zealand economy of mining in these areas
– How many jobs would be created by mining in these areas
– The fiscal impact for the government of mining in these areas
– The potential cost to tourism of mining in these areas
The only major mining company to express interest in mining on Schedule 4 land is Solid Energy, which wants to strip-mine in Paparoa. Companies like Newmont have said they’re not interested in mining in the Coromandel and Great Barrier. Yet the Nats have no problem stating point blank that mining on these protected lands will be worthwhile and is necessary.
Paula Bennett, National’s greatest self-promoter, says she is supporting beneficiaries into work. But there is no support and there are no jobs. All there is are redundant checks on eligibility that will carry a huge cost, especially in terms of needless GP visits. Bennett talks about saving money but the advice from Treasury is that any savings will be negligible. She talks about turning around the massive increase in benefit numbers that have occurred across all benefits during her watch, but the official advice is that there will be little or no reduction.
Anne Tolley has been promising that National Standards will somehow reduce academic failure. She loves to say ‘1 in 5 Kiwi kids are failing and we’re doing something about it’.
But what is she doing about it? Tolley is also saying that National Standards won’t mean any change of practice for teachers, The question has to be asked: How will National Standards improve academic outcomes?
Tolley has not a shred of evidence that National Standards will make any difference and that doesn’t seem to concern her a jot. She just keeps on making outlandish promises with no plan to deliver.
After a year and a half of this over-promise and under-deliver government, where are we? Unemployment is up and still rising, wages are starting to fall, crime is up, economic growth is weaker than Australia’s and below expectations coming out of a recession, we’ve gone backwards on climate change, and the government is jumping from one ill-thought out policy to the next without a hint of a plan or leadership from Smile and Wave Key.