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Tracy Watkins – Getting it half right on the “Decade of Deficits”

By   /  May 10, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

Writing in the new, tabloid compact-sized Dominon Post on 2 May, political columnist Tracy Watkins mentioned the oft-parroted cliche from the Right, the so-called “decade of deficits”;

“Labour spent years in the wilderness after the global financial crisis gave it a “decade of deficits” as its legacy.”

Watkins left out a crucial factor in National’s ongoing deficits – a fact to be pointed out;

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Is this the Political Cartoon of the Year?!

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Can this political cartoon from a Fairfax community newspaper  be the most insightful and damaging to National, ever penned?

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Election ’17 Countdown: Joyce – let the lolly scramble begin!

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

You can tell it’s election year; the lolly-scramble (aka, hint of tax cuts) has begun;

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The Mendacities of Mr English – Social Services under National’s tender mercies

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

English’s bland assertion that “government actually with a good record on addressing, in fact, some of the toughest social issues” is at variance with actual, real, mounting socio-economic problems in this country.

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Cutting taxes toward more user-pays – the Great Kiwi Con

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Here in New Zealand, National’s funding cuts have not been restricted to the Health sector and NGOs. Government agencies from the Police , Radio NZ, to the Department of Conservation have had their funding slashed (or frozen – a cut after inflation is factored in).

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Tax Cuts Galore! Money Scramble!

By   /  November 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Since National has not thought twice at under-funding the Health Budget, it certainly does not seem troubled at using tax-cuts as an election bribe, and undermining this country’s future superannuation savings-fund for selfish political gain.

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Rebuilding the Country we grew up in – Little’s Big Task ahead

By   /  July 12, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

On 20 August 2007, National’s new leader, John Key, made a stirring speech to the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Contractors Federation. In it, he lambasted the then-Clark-led Labour government;

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Budget 2016 – Who wins; who loses; who pays?

By   /  June 2, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

There is absolutely zero doubt in my mind that the 2016 Budget is geared 100% toward building up a surplus for tax cuts to be announced next year. Just in time for the 2017 Election. John Key and Bill English have strongly indicated as much with their “kite-flying” with hints of cuts-to-come.

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So Who are the Real Greedies?

By   /  May 22, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

It is amazing how many blame the victims of neo-liberal ideology, rather than looking at the causes of why things happen. Are some people really so simple-minded that they can’t see beyond their immediate prejudices…?

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LABOUR DAY SPECIAL: The consequences of tax-cuts – worker exploitation?

By   /  October 26, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

I doubt many National-voting New Zealanders will happily contemplate a future in their dotage without a workforce of aged-care staff who are remunerated sufficiently to wipe the spittle from their wrinkled chins; change their faeces-and-urine-soaked underwear; and all the other myriad tasks associated with necessary good care.

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Income Tax to Vote for

By   /  October 7, 2014  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The UK Conservative Party tax scale is well to the left of anything offered in New Zealand by the Labour Party or the Green Party.

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