Australian Politicians........Why Not Start Speaking The Plain Truth For Once?
Like him....or loath him.....Donald Trump is seen as someone by people, across all political spectrums, who says it like it is. He doesn't mince his words, shies away from political correctness, sometimes gets his facts wrong, makes the occasional outrageously regrettable statement, doesn't hide his many prejudices & suspicions, believes in his own opinions covering many broad topics, generally a man who tends to live his life in his own very unique way. In short, Donald Trump comes across as more like someone's slightly eccentric outspoken rich uncle who possesses strengths, as well as shortcomings, carved out of a life of experience that has known success as well as failure. He is just about everything that a modern politician shouldn't be, & that is why so many people are voting for him!
As such 'The Donald' is directly at odds with most of the politicians that we are endlessly forced to suffer with far too many of them endlessly spewing out the party line whilst ducking & weaving any question that has the potential to cost them a few measly votes. It's all a numbers game to most of them by which they allow themselves to be manoeuvred & cajoled by back room number crunchers & spin doctors whose only genuinely employable purpose is to keep their charges firmly locked into their elected seat no matter what the broader social cost.
Our current Turnbull government knows full well the sad & worsening state of our federal finances for instance. However, nobody in that administration seems to really have the guts to come out & genuinely tell the nation the hard medicine that needs to be urgently administered now in order to immediately stop our daily $100 million plus fiscal haemorrhaging. It's really quite simple, we immediately have to stop spending more than we are earning, what's so hard about that to understand? Sure, they'll be those that will lose out, & yes it'll involve hard decisions, but we're very slowly turning into a debtor nation, & all the political correctness & socialist bleeding-heart hand wringing in the world won't fix it one jot. Our federal deficit needs urgent action by brave men, action that's already well overdue, & it's high time someone stepped up to the plate & fixed it.
Government tax revenue represents the hard earned wealth of all those in Australia that work for a living, it just cannot come from anywhere else, & it has definitely never grown on trees! Everyone that receives any form of financial government benefit in Australia is actually being directly given the proceeds of the work being done at the very same time by their fellow Australians elsewhere in the nation. None of this is rocket science of course, but our politicians tend to fudge the issue as it's way too uncomfortable to admit that for every $250 dollars worth of childcare support gifted to a working parent for instance, some poor bugger has probably had to lay bricks out in the hot son for an entire week in order to pay over that amount in income tax! Tony Abbott's once totally mad offer of paying up to $1500 weekly in maternity leave for one professional woman, so as she could stay at home to look after her child (as my own Mother did....but for free of course!) would have required the combined efforts of maybe 6.....yes 6.....full time bricklayers to have balanced the books for just that one parent alone each week. Somebody please explain to me how that's somehow fair.........& I guarantee that if anyone tries, it will never be someone who has ever had to lay bricks for a living?
And then we have our state politicians hoodwinking us into thinking that extensive public transport services, for instance, are somehow a great idea. However, they always forget to mention that the total fares collected from the relatively small percentage of the public that actually use these average at best services, really only covers a tiny percentage of the total building & running costs of these huge systems. Most of these running costs are required to be paid by people like you & me, in most part people who rarely, if ever, use these services even though we are still required to contribute significant sums of our money towards their collective upkeep. It was never formally verified, but I was recently told that actual fares collected sometimes cover only 10% of the costs of running many of these state run government bus services. If that figure is even close to being correct, then that represents an outrageous waste of our money! To put it much more simply, how many full time Queensland bricklayers again would be required to pay the tax necessary in order to keep our state government run bus services operating? I estimate that it could be in the thousands, in fact I suspect that it could well prove to be a number so scarily high for any current state government minister to willingly admit to? Nothing is ever free in this world, a lesson that many of our less active citizenry don't quite get, even though half baked politicians often lie to them that it is.
And this is economics at its raw best, basic laws of supply & demand, scarcity & cause & effect. Every dollar ever created simply represents sweat & effort; there is nothing that mystical about money, it is just a method of storing, saving & investing accumulated sweat, effort & enterprise. Most financially successful people easily understand this very simple theory.
And we are constantly now being told that our health services & police forces are underfunded, an underhanded way of telling us that we are only ever to expect average at best outcomes whenever we require these services that we, all those that work & pay taxes that is, contribute handsomely to. Our politicians really have stuffed up our state & national finances, for years now they have run Australia like a company that is constantly accumulating losses, with too many employees sitting around not doing much, & many others doing nothing constructive at all. Now our leaders, from both major parties, are trying to pretend that not much needs to be done, that we'll just get through this with little if any pain, fewer victims suffering disadvantage & it'll all fix itself over time! That's what American leaders foolishly told their voters not so many years ago, & now that place looks like an absolute basket case across great swathes of that once great nation, & that is maybe why so many of them are now supporting 'The Donald'
But modern politics is just one aspect of the now deep seated cynicism that so many of us harbour regarding so many aspects of the society that we grew up with & have all helped create. Too many of our institutions have now been exposed as corrupt & self serving, including religious institutions, charitable institutions, financial institutions & even some sporting institutions. The political landscape over the last few years has also been an ongoing disgrace with a succession of leaders, backstabbing, policy turnarounds & constant blaming, none of which has been helped by our steadily worsening budget deficit that nobody seems to genuinely have the guts to come out & properly fix. Many of our previous governments boasted about giving our money back to us by constantly lowering taxes. Now none of them have the guts to admit that these were simply vote buying exercises that went too far. Comrade Julia even boasted that whole armies of "working families" didn't have to pay any tax at all.........government for free in effect.........obviously not realising that anything given for free is never respected by anyone. Anyway, we all know how she was repaid by her hardy followers not long after these brilliant policy statements!
So, are we about to get told some genuine fiscal truths prior to the election, or are we in for more rounds of fudging the major issues, pretending that everything is really okay, hoping that hard decisions can be made without anyone really having to pay the price? And this is all being done whilst we chase constant economic growth, something millions of adult Australians are now understandably wary of as it may well help to undermine an environmentally sustainable future for our children. These are indeed, very confusing times.
I came here 43 years ago from London for a short trip....some short trip! But somebody had the gall to accuse me last week of being racist by saying that "if a boatload of illegal Brits turned up you wouldn't be turning them back"! They, of course, have every right to say this, even though it's totally wrong. For a start, there are (literally!) millions of UK people that would dearly love to emigrate to Australia if they legally could, but are in no way eligible, including some of my own relations, & who could honestly blame them? But, if a boatload suddenly turned up uninvited, I would be the first to say immediately send them back as they would, in my experience, represent the very worst kind of queue jumper & therefore the least worthy type of person that Britain was able to offer. Now, we're not talking about refugees here but, as most migrants like myself know, the majority of uninvited arrivals to Australia over the years have been 'economic' refugees, I certainly was! Might not be politically correct to say so, but that's the truth of it, & it takes a little bit of bravery to tell the truth these days, which is a bloody shame. Australia wasn't like that 43 years ago & was much the better for it to! That was back when you only kept your job if you deserved to, before government interference like our Fair Work legislation spooked employers so much so that potential employees are now all too often forced into the incentive crushing & exploitive no mans land of continual casual employment. I well remember an Australia before everyone started suing everyone, before we actually knew that we needed all these extra government departments that we never knew we needed, basically before we started following other countries down the well trodden path of over regulation, stalled productivity & intrusive nanny state politics.
Really, we have 100,000 homeless people in Australia, an absolute national disgrace in 2016. Yet, we can find the money, to pay officials, to force innocent people to pay a heavy fine, if they can spot them cycling alongside their local beach without wearing a $10 plastic helmet, at 10kms an hour & hurting absolutely nobody. Talk about getting our priorities totally ass about face, which is about the only thing our politicians have been doing well now for some years!
Finally, we really don't need someone quite like Donald Trump running Australia, but we could sure do with our own home grown dose of genuineness, frankness & honesty, or else we could one day end up like a country that unfortunately needs someone like him!
Director of TradeTools (for about 30 of those 43 years!)