Thursday, May 17, 2012

Highways and fiscal responsibility

This week the government is pre-announcing the Budget, softening us up for higher prescription charges, fewer teachers, and a further assault on beneficiaries. Meanwhile, they're spending billions on "Roads of National Significance" that do not meet basic cost-benefit tests, to service a declining demand for road transport.

The Greens are right: this is not "fiscally responsible". It is waste, pure and simple. And if we cut it, we wouldn't be needing to cut the education, health and welfare services that ordinary kiwis depend on.