We have the third lowest government debt in the OECD yet Greens co-leader James Shaw advocated the “Fiscal Responsibility” rules both parties signed which pushes already low government debt even lower, while private debt ( I’m talking things like tertiary education debt, household debt credit card debt that kind of thing ) is sky rocketting.
No attempt to close the untaxed wealth loopholes while we continue to tax food ! Something which affects low income families the most.
For all its PR words of “wellbeing” this is a business as usual budget that does nothing to increase the amount of public money for the good of all by making wealthy individuals and companies pay a fairer share of their wealth to the society that allows them to become rich.
(Because you cannot get rich on your own – you need to live in a sociey to do that.)
In short you cannot have ” the politics of kindness” and try to fund it with the economics of selfishness.
That’s why I organised The People’s Budget last Friday.
I asembled some of the sharpest minds in the country and frontline workers to give you the alternative view of how to really run socialy meaningful budget . A view you are not hearing in parliament .
Why? Because they don’t want to upset the wealthy.
What’s wealthy ?
Well the base salary of an MP is $160,024 is more than twice the average salary.
I haven’t done the count recently but in 2017 Stuff reported that “116 of our MPs own or had an interest in 302 properties and more than three quarters boast a portfolio of anywhere between two and 12 properties.”
I’d say that if you own more than once house and you earn double the average salary you should be contributing a hell of a lot more to the “well being ” of the society you are privileged to live in.
You can find The People’s Budget event here:
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.