Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Lest we forget

So, Don Brash has used an Anzac Day service to criticise the government for not spending enough on defence. Which is just a little rich, coming from him. Lest we forget, hospitals and schools weren't the only things underfunded during the 90's. A National government pursuing the very policies Brash wants to inflict on us again systematically ran down the defence force so they could cut taxes for the rich. For them to now turn around and claim that defence should be getting more money seems just a little hypocritical, neh?


One of the most beautiful features of ideas is that they can change.

I reject your view idiot that one is a hypocrite to change ones views. More so, the National caucus of today is a very different animal than that of the 90's.

Recently I have noticed frothing leftists denounce National and Brash for being prepared to change their ideas.

A classic example is the super fund, loved by leftists, that National has now decided to retain. You would think the leftists would be happy that in this contest of ideas their ideas prevailed.

But no, only after cheap political points they are annoyed they can no longer distinguish on this issue. Who cares if this provides greater security for the elderly. So national are described as flip floppers. How warped is that?

And on top of this, no longer able to play the super card what do we get the govt doing, - risking our lives by trying to buy the elderly vote with the promise of removal of driving tests at 80. Warped again and a tad despearate looking.

Posted by Anonymous : 4/26/2005 01:01:00 PM

An important part of changing your mind is admitting that you have done so. In this case, National simply refuses to. The way they'd have it, defence spending was high until Labour was elected, when it decreased. In fact, it's closer to the opposite - there has been an increase (in both cash and accrual terms) under Labour.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 4/26/2005 01:35:00 PM

I thought that National intends to cut taxes for middle income earners? Sounds pretty good to me.

Posted by Anonymous : 4/27/2005 07:36:00 PM