It would be wrong of me not to get involved in politics
with a Federal election looming, even though the usual tendency would be not to
advertise my thinking in case of alienating some readers.
I mean, is it worth the effort? George Monbiot said recently, "The purpose of today’s
technocratic politics is to make democracy safe for corporations: to go through
the motions of democratic consent while reshaping the nation at their
In a similar vein (?), W.C Fields apparently said
"Start every day off with a smile and get it over with", so let's go
with that. I've finished smiling.
This post has been prompted by a couple of graphs, which
are sourced from the Federal Treasury department and are therefore presumably
and eminently non-partisan. They both
show that Tony Abbott, Alan Jones and his shock-jock mates, the Australian,
and many other "commentators" are simply telling lies when they
allude to the economic credentials of the Labor government (or the ability of
any Labor government to do as well as the Liberals).
The first graph shows Federal revenue as a percentage of
GDP, the amount of tax that the government collected as a per cent of the total
economy. It shows that in the Howard
years the tax average came close to 26% of GDP. When Labor took control the tax percentage reached a low of
22%. We're asked to believe that Labor
taxes us to the hilt to finance its spending!!
The other myth is that Labor spends taxpayers' money as if
it was going out of style! The second
graph shows spending as a percentage of GDP.
This graph shows that the aberration of high Labor spending in 2008-9
was due entirely to trying to mitigate the effects of the GFC and for other
years it has been little different from the Howard years. Ask not about profligate Labor spending, but
about the middle-class welfare that accounts for much of the Howard spending, or that Howard spending was boosted by selling off Commonwealth assets.
And that's enough guff on the election from me. I don't like people propagating lies to the
extent that they are believed as fact.
On the other hand, I have no hesitation in further broadcasting the
views of this person, from an online news forum,
the origin of which I've now lost (apologies to the author for lack of attribution) :
"I cannot believe how incredibly stupid Abbott is . I
mean rock-hard stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid, so stupid that it
goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid.
He is Trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that
even the neutrons have collapsed. Stupid gotten so dense that no intellect can
escape. Singularity stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. He emits
more stupid in one second than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar
stupid. . Nothing in our universe can really be this stupid. Perhaps this is
some primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Some pure
essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else as to be beyond the laws
of physics that we know. I'm sorry. I can't go on.
Anf finally---------------Aboat you swine. You vulgar
little maggot. You worthless bag of filth. I'll bet you couldn't pour piss out
of a boot with instructions on the heel. You are a canker. A sore that won't go
away. I would rather kiss a lawyer than be seen with you. You're a putrescent
mass, a walking vomit. You are a spineless little worm deserving nothing but
the profoundest contempt. You are a jerk, a cad, and a weasel. Your life is a
monument to stupidity. You are a stench, a revulsion, and a big suck on a sour
lemon. I will never get over the embarrassment of belonging to the same species
as you. You are a monster, an ogre, and a malformity. I barf at the very
thought of you. You have all the appeal of a paper cut. Lepers avoid you. You
are vile, worthless, less than nothing. You are a weed, a fungus, the dregs of
this earth. And did I mention you smell? END OF RANT"