Monday, May 30, 2005

Simple Choices

Some delayed Budget commentary...

Do you support a budget that:

a) Tackles the economic and social problem of our low savings rate by helping ordinary families to begin putting money away for the future, with a little government assistance. Will provide a modest income couple with up to $10 000 to help them into a first family home. Gives targetted tax relief to businesses meaning that they are encouraged to invest in wealth producing plant and machinery. Puts over $1 billion extra into our public health system. Provides our older folk with 7500 more cataract operations a year. Provides more tertiary students with full allowances while studying.

b) Provides across the board tax cuts, ala the earlier Australian budget under which a low income working family received around $6 per week more, and a politician on a six figure salary received over $100 per week more. To pay for this public servants are layed off, and health and education spending is cut.

You have 3 months to think about your answer.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The brilliance of the Budget in prompting National's foolishly excitable advocacy of spending cuts and some fiscally and economically highly dubious tax cuts is about to be recognised.

Graham Watson said...

Can you refer me Michael to where National is claiming it will cut health and education?

As a candidate I am sure you want only to trade in facts, not unfounded speculation.

michael wood said...

Graham - John Key talked about this quite openly about this in a couple of post-budget speeches in the House.

I think the 10 000 civil servants whose jobs he has threatened heard it pretty clearly.

Anonymous said...

yes, that's right, those useless, bloated people shuffling paper in the Ministry of Education National's going to sack, like 1800 speech and language therapists and psychologists working with special needs children.....

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