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4:36 pm, March 11th, 2021 - 50 comments
Categories: business, capitalism, cycleway, economy, Economy, employment, Free Trade, jobs, poverty, socialism, tax, wages, welfare - Tags: economy, poverty
Expecting a bit much aren’t you?
We haven’t had that since Muldoon. There were issues with his plans, but at least he had them.
If the Government “interfered with the” sacred “free market’ the same people asking for a plan would be screaming about “central planning”, “picking winners”, “protectionism” and all the usual BS.
The last few Governments plans, were to bring in lots of cheap labour to give the illusion of economic growth. And, build a cycleway!
Throwing money at the bottom end of town, with wage subsidies, seems to be working rather well.
The irony of the same people who don’t like paying wages, or taxes, asking for Government support when they are in trouble, hasn’t been lost on “central NZ”.
Many of the same types who looked on, or even cheered, when over 200 000 lost jobs during Rogernomics and when Richardson cut welfare in half.
Not that I don’t sympathise with small businesses, who are basically wage earners employing themselves. I know first hand what it is like to lose your business, and home, due to circumstances outside your control.
Tradespeople, and the like, unlike farmers and big business, do not usually get Government handouts when weather, illness or wage/welfare cuts for their customers, put them out of business. This time the wage subsidy has kept many afloat. Often for enough time for the viable to survive.
Of course, employees out of work get SFA, still. Unless it is due to Covid. Then for some reason, they get double the dole.
It is notable that banks and landlords were not expected to come to the party. Some commercial and rental landlords have, to their credit, but it was entirely voluntary.
Continuing to subsidise businesses like mass tourism, oil, Tiwai point and others, that have an uncertain future, just kicks the pain down the road. At some stage we are going to have to develop an economy, that doesn’t depend on destroying the environment, sugar rush booms, and keeping a pool of impoverished desperate unemployed.
Yes. We do need a “plan”, but those demanding one, only want a “plan” that works for them. They would not like the “plan”, that works for everyone’s future.
Strange how many Capitalists, do not really believe in Capitalism.