Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: The big vision and the small problems

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  • BenWilson, in reply to dcnbwz,

    It looks to me like certain factions of the National party are moving into Trump like politics, one faction with a definite agenda of getting to be leader.

    I can't see it working out for National anywhere near as well as it has for the Republicans (and I don't think it really will work out that well for them either, in the long run). Trump has at least made me realize that when the other side polarizes hard, that instead of trying find the middle ground, the natural response really is to take your side harder. Otherwise their strategy works, and the center is dragged out by the extremes. I'll be fucked if I'm ever going to find a middle ground with white supremacists, and this kind of position from Woodhouse is something I have no time for whatsoever.

    It's a dog-whistling non-sequitur, and engaging with it is mostly a waste of time. The initiative will improve outcomes for a lot of children in need, but as a result, it will also improve outcomes for all other children too, as special needs children disproportionately drain teacher time, dragging down their effectiveness in classrooms. To bring it back to entrepreneurial tax burdens is idiotic in the extreme.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10560 posts Report Reply

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