Posts Tagged ‘inequality’

We need more than capital gains tax to address inequality

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, March 25th, 2019 - 46 comments

The most important comment in the Tax Working Group’s Final Report is that even the reasonably comprehensive capital gains tax proposed is likely to have only a minor impact on addressing inequality — what is needed is a more progressive income tax system that lifts the top marginal tax rate 

Power pricing not just a rip-off, it’s immoral

Written By: - Date published: 3:23 pm, March 22nd, 2019 - 43 comments

Submissions for the final report on the Electricity Price Review closed today at noon. My recent experience with Genesis Energy reveals pricing by power company majors not only rips customers off, but is immoral. The initial report of the EPR is unlikely to address this issue.

NRT: “Daddy leave” and the parental leave bill

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, November 15th, 2017 - 7 comments

Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn looks at the Paid Parental Leave Bill and how National are trying to wreck it.

No Right Turn: Dealing with ghost homes

Written By: - Date published: 6:23 am, August 4th, 2017 - 11 comments

“we want houses to be homes for people to live in, not gold bars for the rich”

Reactions to Metiria – the political and the personal

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, July 29th, 2017 - 181 comments

There are basically two kinds of reaction to Metiria’s bombshell, the practiced “outrage’ of the usual political operatives, and the support of the ordinary people. I think that the louder the operatives shout, the more that people are going to side with the under-dog.

Nats panic over climbing prison population – I have some advice

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, July 15th, 2017 - 70 comments

The government is “seeking advice” over the skyrocketing prison population. I’m happy to oblige – but they aren’t going to like it…

NRT: Everybody knows the dice are loaded…

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, July 5th, 2017 - 137 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes: “Around the world, we’ve seen a backlash against political establishments, driven in part by a recognition that economic and political systems are rigged to the advantage of the rich. And we have the same sentiments in New Zealand”

NRT: Inflation and poverty

Written By: - Date published: 4:13 pm, May 4th, 2017 - 8 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes: “The CPI is out today, and it shows that the poor are getting poorer … This is a long-term trend. Since National took office, inflation for poor households has been nearly twice that of rich households.”

RIP Murray Ball

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, March 13th, 2017 - 10 comments

Oxfam on world wealth inequality

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, January 17th, 2017 - 94 comments

Guardian: “The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.”

Oxfam on wealth inequality in NZ

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, January 16th, 2017 - 35 comments

Oxfam’s report on wealth inequality in NZ has some staggering headline numbers.

What – you mean – the lefties were right?

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, July 11th, 2016 - 141 comments

Inequality, poverty, the rise of the working poor – people are pissed. Lefties have been saying it for a long time, but now Serious Market People can see it too.

Suck-up economics proceeding as planned – rich getting richer

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, June 29th, 2016 - 56 comments

Inequality in NZ is the worst it’s been in a decade. Key’s response is pathetic. We need to vote to end suck-up economics. We need to be a better country than this.

Speaking of inequality…

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, June 25th, 2016 - 45 comments

“Poverty NZ’s ‘new normal’ – report”. “Food bank pantries bare, emergency food grant dropping – report”. “NZ egalitarian? That’s a pretty little lie”. Hello – National supporters – where do you think this is going to end?

Snakes and ladders

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, June 25th, 2016 - 155 comments

Yesterday was a big day for both UK and US politics. Brexit revealed the political consequences of social inequality. Meanwhile in America the Trump Train is derailing.

The politics of dumb anger

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, June 20th, 2016 - 112 comments

There are some pretty depressing political trends going on.

John Key vs the world

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 10th, 2016 - 22 comments

Is John Key the only international leader defending tax havens? Includes bonus international media round up of yesterday’s revelations.

The Divide (Spirit Level – The Movie)

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, April 13th, 2016 - 5 comments

Based on the breakthrough book The Spirit Level, just released film The Divide puts a human face on low wage hell. “Why aren’t we earning enough to live?”

Economic anger and political madness

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, March 11th, 2016 - 66 comments

History clearly shows us that when people are economically stressed they turn to extreme action and extreme leaders. Economist Jared Bernstein argues that the Trump ascendancy is another example of this.

Intergenerational theft

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, March 10th, 2016 - 85 comments

The Guardian has an excellent piece on “the 30-year economic betrayal dragging down Generation Y’s income”.

What poverty?: Emirates declares 1st Class a success

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, February 23rd, 2016 - 55 comments

Looks like the top 1% and the cashed up asset rich are doing just fine. The rest of you, work harder.

Another attempt to minimise the significance of poverty

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, January 21st, 2016 - 164 comments

A piece yesterday foreshadows a report on poverty from right-wing lobby group “The New Zealand Initiative”. It’s (surprise!) another attempt to minimise the significance of poverty in NZ – and it’s another big distraction…

62 vs 3.6 Billion

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 19th, 2016 - 155 comments

Ever widening inequality generates ever more astonishing statistics – suck up economics in action. The super-rich are laughing all the way to the bank.

Rashbrooke on inequality

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, November 24th, 2015 - 22 comments

Max Rashbrooke has another excellent piece in The Guardian, on inequality and on the ways he has been attacked for his writings on this issue.

Inequality is a choice

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, November 10th, 2015 - 64 comments

Inequality is a choice. It isn’t a choice made by individuals, it is a choice made by governments. Check out Joseph Stiglitz’s new book Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity.

Briefing Papers: Refugees and inequality

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, October 13th, 2015 - 9 comments

Briefing Papers have been busy recently, check out some recent articles. How long can wealth keep sucking up before a society breaks down completely?

Good question

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, September 16th, 2015 - 66 comments

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MSD household incomes report

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, August 18th, 2015 - 7 comments

While we devote acres of pixels to flag distractions and “celebrity” nonsense, the health of the nation goes largely unremarked. Was there any MSM coverage of the latest Ministry of Social Development report – Household Incomes in New Zealand: trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2014?

Saying one thing and doing the other

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, July 22nd, 2015 - 40 comments

Both Key and English now on record as being “concerned” about rising inequality. So why are they acting to increase it?

Social mobility policies do not address poverty

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, July 15th, 2015 - 27 comments

Excellent work by RNZ, following up on previously redacted documents to expose this sham.

Inequality – Treasury report

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, June 29th, 2015 - 21 comments

Last week Treasury came out with a detailed and interesting report, Inequality in New Zealand 1983/84 to 2013/14. It is no surprise to find that the last Labour government acted to reduce inequality, the current National government has acted to increase it.

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