It seems like this is not a problem that we fix by changing tax structures.
Taking money from the rich [your opinion on the morality of this may vary from mine] and using it to build better housing and sustain those who are not "high achievers" and putting that money directly into the economy will actually benefit the whole country. As the saying goes " money is like muck, better spread"
For the wealthy once their physical and other needs have been met money turns into a social counter.
Building more housing stock by the state is a good start.
Think about the house price inflation rampant in this country right now which is a sterile use sinking people into debt as long term serfs to the banks who are loving it.
The people who find it difficult to feed ,clothe and live at a reasonable standard are paying through the nose for other peoples inflated investment mortgages further locking them into poverty.
I'm not recommending the wholesale appropriation of peoples assets but would like to see those with little to nothing get a fair slice of the cake.
Wages have been held down artificially by the importation to this country of cheap labour and people wonder why small town NZ is being hollowed out?
We shouldn't need schemes like working for families to top up the pay packets of working people who should be able to advance through their own efforts.
Labour price inflation might be what this country needs.
“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” - Warren Buffet.
Britain has already treated Britain in the same manner that the E.U. treated Greece if you refer to an imposed cut in Government spending in the middle of a recession which needs the opposite treatment to keep the economy ticking over. All with no concern to the social costs imposed.
You've given me a lot of food for thought.
these ex-Aucklanders are trying to turn their new homes into mini-Aucklands.
+1 Thanks for articulating this approach by Matthew Hooten which comes across as disingenuous and only another attack line from National with their calling it "barking" and all tax and oh noes it will ruin us etc.
With the highest numbers they can pull out of their collective arses used to discredit an idea with considerable merit.
The Key governing terms have been one of the least progressive and do nothing periods of leadership our country has had. The main imperative of National is don't rock the boat and dismiss any other opposition ideas reflexively whilst smearing their leaders with lies and distortions.
Its big dairy will save us has bitten us in the bum and we're left with high house prices and lower income groups sinking into third world poverty levels.
The rich getting richer and the devil take the hindmost is all that they offer.
We have a charismatic salesman leading us with a tired pack of hacks rotating shift on cabinet positions hoping that no shit sticks to them whilst jostling for position for when he gets bored with the whole thing and ups sticks to Hawaii or wherever.
Christ what a shemozzle.
Mr. Key is thinking we should meet his deformation expenses..
Perfectly happy to.
- Sorry couldn't help myself :)
Inspector O series of books set in North Korea, written by James Church.
A truly great read in such a foreign setting with an understated wit penned by an ex C.I.A. officer who presumably knows his stuff.
More of a sci-fi fan with an Elmore Leonard, Doctorow, James Ellroy bent on the side.
However I've just started Arab Jazz by Karim Miske and am enjoying the hell out of it although I've only got around 30-40 pages in I don't want it to end.
iPredict is no more.
Didn't see that coming. -sorry, I'll get me hat
Has copyright overreached in its extension?
All the time it seems to be easier to pirate art via the internet and with a younger generation believing it has a right to access material will the copyright holders be swamped with takedown actions and the like?
I would like to see a more effective method of bogus rights holders as seen with the song happy birthday being punished or having to prove their rights. They effectively moved a song from the public domain by lawyering up and making it cheaper to pay a ransom.
As for the whole TPP I've gone from anti to agnostic at best.
In hindsight it might have been better to keep the smaller countries setting the rules and if the big players want in to our sandpit they do it on our terms not theirs.