Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Why should we increase government revenue and expenditure as GDP grows? The answer is right there on the front of my local rag: Palmerston North Hospital's emergency department is too small to cope, and due to a lack of resources within the hospital acts mainly as "a gateway to keep people out ... rather than as a front door to let them in."

This is just one example, but a common one. Our public services were run down during the 90's, and (despite some tinkering by Labour) still require substantial reinvestment to recover. We should give it to them. Rather than giving away additional revenues as tax cuts to the rich, the government should take the opportunity to rebuild our public services, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.