The cost of the surplus

Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, July 6th, 2017 - 9 comments
Categories: class war, economy - Tags: , , , ,

Without those tax cuts for the rich we could have had a surplus and a functioning mental health service, and much much more.

Where are our priorities?

9 comments on “The cost of the surplus”

  1. Keith 1

    All of that and a public sector that is not starved for funds therefore a properly funded heath sector, police, justice system, child harm intervention, public broadcasting, conservation, research and development, gambling harm reduction, drug rehabilitation, education INCLUDING community education National did away with, communications and transport, etc etc. You know all those things National have taken the knife to!

    But no morons, we have a “surplus”.

    Just hoping and a praying that Grant Robertson doesn’t fall into his same old trap of saying the economy is doing really well but we can do it a tiny bit better!

  2. Adrian Thornton 2

    What I find infuriating is that Steven Joyce and Bill English are allowed to come on news programmes and state this bullshit about surpluses, and being fiscally responsible managers of the economy, and yet never get asked why if this economy is working so well for it’s citizens, why Household debt in New Zealand is at an appalling 167.20 percent of gross income..the highest ever recorded.
    In other words National have overseen the highest levels of public debt ever recorded…and getting higher by the day.

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    Social cleansing via budget cuts.

    I don’t know who to vote for. You all suck.

  4. adam 4

    Austerity the NZ model, not like other models, but just as nasty to the people who die by one means or another.

    This is what the beige revolution looks like in effect. Amoral, and down right awful.

  5. ropata 5

    NZ public spending as % of GDP is lower than “austerity” countries…

    So how come public austerity is not part of the NZ debate when our public spending is lower than "austerity" countries & falling as fast?— PublicGood-ANZ (@PublicGoodANZ) July 6, 2017— Toby Manhire (@toby_etc) July 5, 2017

    Bling’s view— Miss BetseyTrotwood (@Suzyiam) July 5, 2017

    • greywarshark 5.1

      Thanks for headsup to Miss Betsey Trotwood. I particularly liked in the list of tweets the one comparing state houses built and sold by the political parties during their terms. Labour seems to be ahead in the built by a country mile.

  6. feijoa 6

    Thank you ropata. Yes the word AUSTERITY is not used here by politicians OR journalists.
    Maybe it is time it was

    • ropata 6.1

      Yes please. We have fallen a long way from the great society of the 70s that provided for all citizens.

      Neoliberalism is the lie that we are “enlightened” all the while dismantling the social structures that made NZ a decent place to live. Even Jim Bolger can see it.

      Shocking that @AkWomensCentre to lose govt funding just as Nats announce $5m (& potentially more) for America's Cup— Sue Bradford (@suebr) July 5, 2017

      Govt mental health spending fails to meet expectationsGovt education spending fails to meet expectationsGovt infrastructure spending fai— Lew (@LewSOS) July 5, 2017

      the National Government hasn’t built a single house in the Christchurch CBD in the 6 and a half years of the rebuild— James Macbeth Dann (@edmuzik) July 6, 2017

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