Thursday, January 30, 2014

So-called savings in Welfare are just smoke and mirrors...

The growing divergence between the numbers officially unemployed and those getting a benefit are highlighted in Mike Treen’s blog Billions of Dollars Stolen From The Unemployed .   Worryingly the evidence around us suggests that a high price is being paid by those who have been excluded from or pushed out of the benefit system, but are not finding work.
When National embarked on a programme of ‘welfare reform’ in 2008 it justified it by raising alarm about the future cost of welfare. It decided to evaluate the success of these reforms, not by whether people’s lives were better, but by contracting a private actuarial firm at great expense to produce actuarial estimates of the future lifetime costs of the welfare system.  Success is trumpeted by the Minister because these lifetime costs are apparently falling.

Latest Roy Morgan poll bad news for National - confirms downward trend...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Living dead capitalism...

It's Capitalism.
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The American socialist, G.S. Evans, calls this “Living Dead Capitalism” – a capitalism no longer capable of addressing contemporary human obligations but which, by super-efficiently funnelling the fruits of its own automatising ingenuity upwards to the dwindling number of real persons directing investment flows, continuously concentrates the “surplus value” of its non-human workforce in fewer and fewer human hands.

Chris Trotter
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Read Frank Mackasy's blog or on his Facebook page...

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The New Zealand Left must and will succeed in 2014...

                                                        The next PM of New Zealand, David Cunliffe...
Peter Petterson Richard Prebble is wrong,as usual. So the smile and wave Key enjoys great polling. Who cares! The last election was won by National because so many(over 800,000) voters boycotted the election. The next election HAS to be won by the political LEFT, or there will be revolution here...
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

National is totally stuffed...

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Logo of the Country Liberal Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Peter Petterson National would have the most to lose. To tell you the truth, no matter which way you look - National is totally stuffed and will probably disintigrate as a party back to their beginnings in 1938 - Liberals, CountryParty, fascists etc
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National should fear a Dot.Com party the most...

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I think National have the most to fear from Kim Dotcom’s new Internet Party. Some have speculated that the Greens and Labour will have the most to lose in terms of voters splitting their vote, I disagree. A small loss is possible for them, but for Kim Dotcom to get to 5% he will need to draw far more from National than Labour and the Greens.
I think all those urban professional male Gen X National Party voters who don’t derive an income from the Dairy Industry will find Kim Dotcom’s economic vision a genuine way forward and they will find it difficult not to vote for him.
Urban professional male Gen X National Party voters vote National out of default, appeal to their logical sensibilities and watch them change that vote. Many would feel their cosmopolitan skin crawl at the idea Key will cut a deal with a religious social conservative like Colin Craig and while that disgust isn’t enough to make them vote Labour or Greens (and they aren’t crazy enough to vote NZ First), Dotcom’s Party could very well be their protest vote in 2014.
Dotcom’s new political vehicle will cross the 5% threshold if it is an outsider party for insiders.
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