What Budget? I was busy last night. Today's paper is sitting ready for me to read tomorrow and so I might have a educated opinion then. From what I have observed, rather than screwing the rich, it only gave them a tiny poke, but maybe this is before the full on assault in the future. If you have read about the state Liberal Party behind the scenes stuff with glee, as I have, you may have picked up on a comment by one of the sacked offenders, 'we are a party for business after all'.
Labor is supposed to be a party for and by the workers.
Both seem to be failing their constituents.
In the early days of Australia, especially around the end of the 19th century and into the twentieth century, much money was spent on infrastructure. Some of it, like the sewerage system was reactionary, but some, like public transport was progressive. Why is it that nowadays, the providers of infrastructure, our state and federal governments, are only reactionary and even then very belatedly.
We have insufficient water to keep our public gardens alive. There is not enough water to keep public sporting facilities usable. Farmers don't have enough water for their crops. We take so much water from our waterways, the natural environment is suffering badly. Meanwhile, I am supposed to stress over whether I spend an extra minute in the shower. Drought in Australia is common enough. It can't be beyond us to ensure we have adequate water for all things.
I will win no friends with my blog readers, but I believe we should have good roads. Big, wide and open roads, controlled by intelligent computer systems and where the traffic moves freely. But one reason they will work so well, is that people prefer public transport. The public transport gives a superior service over using you own car. It is clean, fast, cheap, much less polluting and very user friendly. Published timetables are redundant as who needs one when the service is only a few minutes away. One wag suggested that you bring your own fold out stool to use on public transport, as seats have been removed to create more space. Oh that you had room to unfold a stool.
Inflation and Wages:
Government and associated workers are given pay rises close to the inflation rate. For a higher pay rise, the workers must trade off hard earned conditions. Sometimes this can be couched as a new skill. Regardless, you want more money, give us your blood. I can't even bear to mention about retail and hospitality workers.
More people, more housing. They want it bigger. So far they have been content to trade off their own land for house space. But why? I have never been in a McMansion and I cannot imagine the space. Enough space for everyone to live separately. Does this make a loving and cohesive family? Where is the grass for the kids to play cricket on and and subsequently smash windows.
Our economy seems to be built on building new housing. This cannot be good.
Too many peeps already, so why add so many more, given our governments can't provide services for those who are here already.
Hills and Bracky:
I have decided that I will not vote for Hillary, theoretically of course. Although the US of A has a huge influence on our lives, we colonies are not allowed to vote for the President. And why wouldn't I vote for her? I don't like her accent, her voice sounds too harsh and I heard her quote the bible today. Besides, for an older dude, Bracky is hot.
Now I have decided who I won't be able to vote for in the US non election, isn't this photo cute.