Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Time to tax the rich to fix National's social deficit

Steven Joyce has released the Pre-Election Financial Update, proudly announcing that National has spent $2.1 billion less on health, education, infrastructure and social services than it could have this year. Because that's what National's "surplus" is: the result of deliberate government underspending in all of those areas. As I've said before, when you have people living in cars, you don't have a "surplus", you have a social deficit. And if you have people living in cars while you have billions of dollars of spare cash rolling around, you're a monster.

Apparently this is Bad For Labour because the social deficit is a one-off and if they want to do anything to fix it they'll need to raise taxes on the rich. Bring it on. Stick it to them. Those fuckers have had it too easy for too long, and its time they paid their fair share. And if they want to fuck off with their money to some foreign tax-haven with all the other criminal rich, good fucking riddance. We don't need sociopathic freeloading parasites in this country.

Kiwis want a high level of public services. We want free universal public education, a health system to take care of us when we're sick, a welfare system to take care of us when we're poor or disabled, superannuation to take care of us when we're old. We need to pay for that with taxes. National has cut taxes below the level required to provide the services we want, and shifted the burden from the rich to the poor. That has to change. Fortunately, we can change it in a month.