There is one good thing about spin. I really get a good laugh from time to time. Check this one out.
A DRAFT of the forthcoming defence white paper has justified the cuts in the defence budget, arguing that the return to budget surplus is important to Australia’s defence.
The extract says “a strong national economy is fundamental to a strong Defence Force. An economic surplus is Australia’s best defence against the uncertain outlook”.
Referring to the reviews that have paved the way for defence budget cuts, it declares: “The government has taken direct action to protect and bolster Australia’s economic security to seek to ensure the foundation for a strong Australian Defence Force.”
Mr Hockey said the comments in the white paper illustrated the seriousness of the government’s decision to abandon its commitment to reach a budget surplus. “By their own words, Labor has admitted that breaking its solemn pledge to return the budget to surplus not only damages our economy, it is compromising the defence of our nation.”
Who ever is responsible for these words should hang their heads in shame. Or is this some sort of joke?
The one time it is reasonable for a government to pile up the debt and run deficits is during war – eg. WW2. Is this author being serious?