Fistful of dollars

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

This is the time when all good men and women come to the help of the party, Labor party that is. And all good socialist men and women, of course. Our Premier, Anna Bligh has so far refrained from announcing the date of the State elections, which according to some sources have to be held at the latest on Saturday 16th June, 2012. The sycophantic media constant questioning about the date gives Ms Bligh a feeling of importance, the importance which she is most likely to lose on the election night.

That the elections are imminent one can sense from the unusually high number of Government advertisements in the media, and on TV in particular. Suddenly the Government, asleep at the wheel otherwise, feels the urgent need to tell us we should fasten our seat belts, drive slower, save energy, wear hats, eat healthy food, and, for all I know, how to change your baby’s nappy safely … in other words, the standard “we save your life-you save ours” con. All they are concerned with is their own political life up to the time for the parliamentary pension of the magnitude the Queensland nurses could dream about, though they mostly dream about getting paid on time. The media owners are happy for the Government channelled cash flow from the taxpayers and are thus less likely to publish anything disagreeable to the ruling Labor. They hardly ever do anyway.

The opinion polls predict Labor defeat. So far 12% of the current Members of Legislative Assembly announced their retirement at the forthcoming elections. (9 ALP, 1 LNP, 1 Ind.) Those still on the ship went on a final borrowing spree of some consequence. The Queensland’s current debt is $65.1 billion, which is projected to rise to $84.9 billion in 2015. Just a minor problem to saddle the new government with. Of all Australian States, Queensland with 5.8% has the highest unemployment. Also during Anna Bligh’s and the Treasurer Andrew Fraser’s rule, Queensland, as the only mainland state, has lost its AAA credit rating. All this whilst the resources boom has been supposedly filing the State’s coffers. When inevitably China slows down the increased state taxes or reduced expenditure would have to take up the slack. Both are politically unpalatable, so borrowing and even more borrowing is the preferred solution. In 2009 Queensland’s net debt was $36.8 billion and each Queenslander owed only $10,077. The good old times.

An unkind person could speculate that the some ministers of the outgoing government would be busily entering into long-term contract with no-government-escape-clauses, thus making the newcomers’ life miserable, and perhaps coincidentally assuring lucrative board directorships for the Ministers’ family members. But, as we are repeatedly told, that only happens in other countries.

Anna Bligh has been shamelessly milking the last year’s floods for all their emotional appeal. Yesterday she said, “I would certainly want Queenslanders to know what the flood inquiry says before they make their assessment at the ballot box.” The Report is expected on 24th February. Assuming she is telling the truth, one can guess that she either trusts or knows that the report will exonerate her Government and in particular her husband’s Department of Climate Change and that she could ride to the victory on its strength. Well, she managed a similar trick the last time and the electorate is forgetful.

If not, all those good men would be looking for tenures elsewhere, which in the Left dominated academia and China-depended industry is easy. And if it comes to the worst, they can heed the exhortation in one of their own pre-elections advertisements, the one about plentiful employment opportunities, and stay in Queensland to work in the Chinese owned mines.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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6 Responses to Fistful of dollars

  1. slegnef says:

    Would Honest Anne contemplate elections by ambush? Surely she would not spoil the Australia Day celebrations by a sordid political announcement?

  2. Mouser says:

    Labor’s Queensland – indebted one day, bankrupt the next

  3. Taurus says:

    Its is not only Queensland – The Australian: – “An analysis by the of the mid-year budget updates finds state and territory net debt is forecast to surge by more than 40 per cent from $129 billion at June this year to $183.7bn in 2015. Their net financial liabilities – which also include liabilities from superannuation schemes for public servants – are forecast to rise from $302bn to $352bn over this time.”
    We are all broke.

  4. Keep in mind that many of the liabilities will be off balance sheet ones. Americans called these unfunded liabilities. Its why stories come out close to budget time talking of blowouts to the budget. All the bureaucrats have done is bring on to the balance sheet liabilities not yet accounted. Its fraudulent, yet the government is allowed to do this.

  5. Dalila says:

    You should publish more articles like this and you will be famous. You have the talent to become a super star.

  6. mooggy says:

    Same pattern now in Fed elections. Julia promises as if there were no tomorrow. Horrible persons, Labor politicians.

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