Face value

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Propaganda about political opponents is one thing, and the assessment of human beings on their appearance is another. It is every person’s choice how much weight to give each. I do not mention the facts. They are hard to get, depressing and often nauseous. So let’s take her at the face value; no botox, no make-up, no sympathetic media air-brushing. An experienced person, in other words a cynic, could say that this a true face of the socialism. To say this may be unkind to an individual, but very kind to the society as whole and definitely for public benefit.

The National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce, in Canberra Times last Thursday:

Unemployment in Queensland is the highest on the mainland at 5.7 per cent. Queensland lost its credit rating long before many countries in debt ridden Europe did. Queensland has been home to the farcical health debacle where, for the life of them, they could not get the payroll system to work in a fashion that paid the nurses, however, they did manage to pay a “Tahitian Prince” about $15 million. … Queensland debt is booked to hit $85 billion.

This is the same Queensland that used to be the powerhouse of the Commonwealth, with the same people, and resources that are now selling at a record price beyond that received in the past.

Queensland matters for the whole country. It is our third biggest state. When the floods hit late last year, and the coal couldn’t be exported, we experienced our biggest fall in economic activity since the early 1990s recession. The Queensland economy’s stumbles over the past few years have held back the economic performance of all Australia.

In a previous time Queensland built the dams, airports, motorways, electrified the rail, developed the Gold Coast, open up the coal fields, built the beef roads and built South Bank, built the Art Gallery, developed Gladstone, ran hospitals that weren’t in the news every second week. Whilst they did all of this and more they left government with the Treasury overflowing with money. The only difference between then and now is the Labor Government

I am afraid that the difference is not only the Labor Government. The people, who have consistently voted for socialist governments are a far bigger problem.

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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5 Responses to Face value

  1. Taurus says:

    Let’s hope not too many people feel sorry for her. Would you feel sorry for a scorpion biting you for twenty years?

  2. Globo says:

    You got rid of her! Congratulations. Could you please now start writing about Obama?

  3. Antisthenes says:

    Thanks for the totally undeserved compliment. We are doing what we can, but there is so little time – Obama, Putin, Castro brothers, Gillard, Mugabe, Hu Jintao, Kim Jong-Un, Bo Xilai (oops, done)…

  4. Darcian says:

    Would you mind writing more posts about this subject? Australian politics is so fascinating.

  5. Alcides says:

    Your answer shows real intelligence. Been to Oxford?

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