The core problem – faith in the ability of Government to solve problems

Are we doomed as a nation? If we don’t change our direction, we will end up where we are headed. And where we are headed is not a pretty place.

The problem it seems is not that our national opportunities and problems are insurmountable.  The problem is a flawed belief that too many that our problems are best solved by government; this despite most of Australia’s current problems actually being caused by government in the first place, with every subsequent intervention making the problems bigger and bigger and worse and worse.

Let’s go to the video tape. What are the 2 biggest flaming fecal farragoes currently consuming the intellectual and political “brain-power” of the current Commonwealth Government?  If you guessed managing a strong economy and a balanced budget, sorry, but no. If you guessed tweaking a productivity promoting regulatory framework and schools that are actually safe, then sorry, but no again.

The 2 biggest piles currently consuming billions of dollars of taxes and other resources are electricity and internet; and in both cases all the problems are caused by government meddling.  In less than 10 years, Australia has managed to get the most expensive electricity prices in the world and is now on track to have the most expensive internet prices in the world.  Just give it time.  And in both cases, it’s not as if Australians are paying for quality and reliability.

Australian’s like to come first in global competitions, but gimme a break.  Gold medals in the most expensive electricity category and most hopeless internet service category are not what we should be celebrating.

These are the gifts of governments, particularly the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd-Labor-Green Governments.  These are the gifts that will keep on giving for generations to come.

The problem is not just on the Labor-Green side. It is also on the Liberal-National side. Both believe in the power of government. They just disagree (on the margin) on how to harness government to solve problems.  They both believe that Government is for action and for doing “stuff” and both believe that they can manage action and do the stuff better than the other.

How many more daft government schemes and interventions are necessary before these people say, no, this is not the role of government?  Before citizens say enough is enough?

For our politicians it seems that no stuff up is big enough or bold enough for them to reassess their world view.  No.  To them, government programs have failed, not because they were badly planned, badly designed and unnecessary in the first place.  No.  It’s because they weren’t big enough or bold enough to harness the true power of government.  And to do that they demand longer parliamentary terms.

HL Menken wrote that for every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.  What he should have actually written for was that for every complex problem there is an government program that is clear, simple, expensive, unnecessary and guaranteed to fail.

It’s one thing to sacrifice your own goats to appease false god.  It’s completely another to sacrifice other peoples’ goats to appease your false god.

Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.

Enough is surely enough.

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35 Responses to The core problem – faith in the ability of Government to solve problems

  1. Myrddin Seren

    How many more daft government schemes and interventions are necessary before these people say, no, this is not the role of government?

    Big Government is expanding its constituency as fast as it possibly can. Government employees – and by extension, their families and dependents; government-dependent businesses and institutions; welfare – on and on. If we haven’t passed the 51% tipping point already, we will as soon as Presidente Shorten opens the flood gates to the country shoppers.

    People who think this should be turned around will be voted down by the hooverers who, in return for a few crumbs, will allow the Protected Classes to complete the flensing of the wealth of the country.

    Before citizens say enough is enough?

    The Venezuelan experience suggests the train wreck will occur when the Dependent Classes wake up one morning, waddle down to the food court and find out that their AusGrocery card is empty and they can’t get the first fried schnitzel of the day. Then they will shamble outside to get a joint or some ice, and find out their NDIS Card is empty too.

    Unlike the lean-and-hungry Venezuelan protestors, Big Government in Australia will have ensured the Aussie Proles are too fat, too diabetic and too doped to do other than go home and Facebook the experience of starvation.

  2. Brian

    In SA we have a state government that causes immense problems and then spends millions of tax payer dollars telling us about the wonderful way they will be spending more to invest in the state and fix our problems. The message is clear – “vote for us because we care and will save you”. But never even the shadow of a hint that they caused the mess in the first place.
    The latest bug bear is constant drilling about increase investment in schools and health – because they want to fix the problems. However they are the ones who have been in power for many years now. But no media asks the question – if this spending is so obviously necessary – why is it only being rolled out now?

  3. John Constantine

    The problem the State is solving is how to topple racist deplorable colonialist Australia into a bankrupt deindustrialised satrapy, cravenly in abject capitulation to the transnational looting cartels that are bribing our politicians towards this end.

    How much can they get away with, and how soon?.

    When will the proles accept national bankruptcy caused by openly paying crippling war reparations for colonialism, and paying the money to men even more corrupt than mugabe?.

    The brown paper bags, often containing amounts of hundreds of dollars, occupy every waking thought of our political class, what happens to our politicians if the bribe money ever stops?.

    Comrades?.

  4. Tel

    Gold medals in the most expensive electricity category and most hopeless internet service category are not what we should be celebrating.

    You must admit though… it fits in pretty well with the whole Olympic spirit and that.

  5. Fisky

    The problem the State is solving is how to topple racist deplorable colonialist Australia into a bankrupt deindustrialised satrapy, cravenly in abject capitulation to the transnational looting cartels that are bribing our politicians towards this end.

    You are going to be hearing more about Australia’s “Eurasian” future in the next few years, from people like Bernard Salt, George Megalogenis, and other population ponzi propagandists, whose role it is to rationalise Australia’s transformation into a giant Rio de Janeiro. Ruled by UN approved bureaucrats.

  6. Fisky

    How much can they get away with, and how soon?.

    They nearly got away with it in 2010-13. They were this close to breaking obsolete Australia forever. But there was still a residual memory of having a country among the racist settler demographic which put a stop to the plans. Next time, the transnational socialists will not miss their chance!

  7. When the NBN was first mooted, there was a lot of debate about the need for the best internet that technology could provide – think of the future. But all the arguments seemed to revolve around online gaming and streaming video. Arguments like online medicine etc were often touted, but that was already available with existing technology, you didn’t need 100 mbps for video conferencing etc. Even now, as in this article: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/the-nbn-was-engineered-to-fail-20171023-p4ywly.html, the bottom line is about poor quality Netflix.

    I also often said that mobile internet would be the technology that would usurp the NBN, as everyone is going mobile and it has many benefits. Now even the NBN acknowledges that and suggests that mobile broadband be penalised so that it can’t compete with the NBN: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/slug-mobile-internet-connections-or-pay-us-more-nbn-chief-bill-morrow-warns-20171022-gz5p87.html. People will be casting the streaming video from their mobile device onto their TV, not through the NBN.

  8. Tezza

    “HL Menken wrote that for every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. What he should have actually written for was that for every complex problem there is an government program that is clear, simple, expensive, unnecessary and guaranteed to fail.”

    As your two cases illustrate, you could never categorise Government ‘solutions’ as either “clear”, or “simple”.

    “Convoluted and incomprehensible” would be my choice of adjectives.

  9. Roger

    Excellent post.

    As I often say, there is no problem government intervention won’t make worse.

    Now, 5th para: “Australian’s…” is plural not possessive; apostrophe not required.

  10. max

    If You Receive Welfare or Are Employed by the Government, You Should Not Be Entitled to Vote

    ‘A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.’

    Alexander Tyler

  11. RobK

    I very much believe government should be as small as practicable. One problem that I haven’t seen solved, which might precipitate smaller government is: how do you effectively over come bias towards very large monopolistic players in various fields. Certainly, minimizing regulation is a factor though I can’t help but feel there must be an organizational structure that encourages many players into real competition and yet encourage healthy co-operation. There’s always that fine line between industry associations/guilds/unions etc competing for efficiency with noble outcomes and crossing to nepotism, corruption, inefficiency and falsehoods. It’s very much a division of good vs evil, success and failure. I like to think there’s an answer, perhaps in technology, crypto etc but in the end I believe it will be seated in the plainess of human decency. It’s the culture that will have to guide the behaviour. I don’t think it can be legislated or dictated as such.

  12. harbour master

    I never watch Paul Murray Live but I did last night to catch Milo Yiannopoulos. During the show a commentator named Janine Perrett, while defending governments and criticising free markets, beclowned herself by claiming we would not have computers, among other goods and services, if it were not for government. This must be startling news to IBM, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs et al.

  13. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Unlike the lean-and-hungry Venezuelan protestors, Big Government in Australia will have ensured the Aussie Proles are too fat, too diabetic and too doped to do other than go home and Facebook the experience of starvation.

    Government Program Solves Obesity Crisis

    President Turnbull declared Australia’s obesity crisis over, thanks to the policy implemented by Prime Minister Shorten.

  14. Rabz

    a commentator named Janine Perrett

    Quite possibly the most repulsive, infuriating and inexcusable imbecile currently blighting television and that’s saying something.

  15. feelthebern

    My towel was a big scratchy today.
    Not enough fabric softener.
    What’s the government doing about that !

  16. craig

    Myriddin, my thoughts too. However, without those connections, try to apply for one and see how far you go. 5 hours of writing answers to some BS critieria and its basically a wank-a-thon from there. A system truely fucked and despite record debt and deficit, our inbred pay masters contiue to throw it around like confetti. Makes me sick.

  17. Rockdoctor

    This was enlightening this morning, welcome to your children s future. Low paid service jobs that will be topped up by welfare or Government jobs:

    Haven’t had time to dig through the actual census data yet to see if Charis Chang (Author) has cherry picked anything.

  18. Rockdoctor

    Link fail, just click on it to get to the news click bait…

  19. NB

    Not sure what the problem is. Capitalism is being defeated. Racist white Australia is being diluted. Anglo, Christian, Enlightenment values are being displaced. Democracy is being tamed. Sentiment is dominating reason. More broadly, Europe is vanishing, UK is under threat, communist China is on the rise. Only fly in the ointment is that troublemaker Trump, but he’ll be gone in the long run. All going pretty much according to plan, surely.

  20. Alex Davidson

    The prescription for another big government disaster in the making was set in motion yesterday by Mal’s wife Lucy. Basically a plan to squeeze Sydney into more urban consolidation, skilfully written without mentioning that term once. However we do read that “Density has declined from 13 people per hectare in 1909 to an average of 4.25 people per hectare across Greater Sydney”. That piece of nonsense, together with gushing descriptions of why ‘we’ need to ‘protect’ Sydney’s precious ‘metropolitan rural land’ – an oxymoron if ever I heard one – from its most productive use, housing, just about sums it up. Oxymorons and morons.

  21. Tator

    Rockdoctor,
    Here in SA, Weatherdill constantly gloats about the growth in the community and aged care sector as being the biggest employment sector in SA. Nothing but tax eaters the lot of them as these positions are dependent on taxpayer subsidised aged care positions. No growth in value adding industries, just subsidised jobs.

  22. Howard Hill

    How many more daft government schemes and interventions are necessary before these people say, no, this is not the role of government? Before citizens say enough is enough?

    Never! It’ll never happen in this cuntry. More and more everyday, I’m convinced the people of this cuntry think of Government as God.

    We’re boned and we all know it but no one will stand up and say or do anything. The ones that do are only playing around the edges with non important stuff that won’t upset their own gravy train or well being. Just look at the people we vote for for f$cks sake!

  23. JamesS

    After Australia has been completely deindustrialised, the Chinks will want some fresh, clean air. The wealthy ones will come in and clean up the show.

  24. Entropy

    Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem!

    The problem with Ronnie is he was a yank. If you had an Australian commentator saying something like that, some suburban bint would ring up Alan Jones demanding:

    Why won’t the Government do something about it?

  25. Sorry, Sparty, i didn’t even read it.

    But i already know that anyone who believes the government is naive, if not a fool.

    In their defence, they have been taught that the “experts” know best. Politicians simply “quote” experts, and whatever they say is sacrosanct. It is a ploy developed in year 8, but fortunately (and by design), children are only taught to the emotional development of a 12 year old.

    That way, halfwits like Bull Shitten can sound like geniuses parroting like an idiot, and only irrelevant old deplorables can see through the light diarrhea.

  26. Spring is coming

    These issues are the tip the government iceberg. In my work I am associated with a handful of retail buildings which have been developed in recent years. In every case local government has put in obstacles which would have killed mere mortal projects. Examples: rezoning land as a flood plain based on some green engineers apocalyptic view of the future. Bang $m to raise the level of concrete base.
    Council no longer want that type of business in the street. No promotion of their business is allowed.
    The fire department visit and advise the water pressure for the lot is too low. Bang $100k for a pump station to be built in the basement plus every month someone has to come in and test it. The best one is that once the building is completed and operational and not before they must apply to council for a certificate of occupancy. Processing this certificate will take an estimated 7 weeks. They are prohibited from promoting their business before they get the certificate.

    This insanity confirms the system is set up for big government and big business. There is no way most small businesses could afford local government.

  27. EvilElvis

    I have frequent conversations with people, more centred on recent local government elections, which I always push the point that the government can’t improve things ie business in a town, unless it gets the fuck out of most things it touches and allows people to keep as much as their money as possible. Reduce rates, reduce taxes and let the plebs decide where they put their money. More often than not eyes roll back and glaze over, the fuckwit generation combining boomers down to millennials really is thick. Boomers must suffer a massive guilt complex for some reason to be as thick as they are. Millennials? They’re raised by these idiots. Ffs.

  28. struth

    Not sure what the problem is. Capitalism is being defeated. Racist white Australia is being diluted. Anglo,

    Christian, Enlightenment values are being displaced. Democracy is being tamed. Sentiment is dominating reason. More broadly, Europe is vanishing, UK is under threat, communist China is on the rise. Only fly in the ointment is that troublemaker Trump, but he’ll be gone in the long run. All going pretty much according to plan, surely.

    This is precisely correct and why we must fight.

    There is nowhere to run.

    You have labelled yourselves for the gulags anyway, by commenting on sites like this.
    May as well go down swinging.

  29. Diogenes

    Faith in more government, like these cretins
    Generational Welfare Family can’t live on $1000 a week

    Its actually much worse than the story says – add up what the story says they are getting
    DSP * 2 + Single Mothers @ 2050 – Which is roughly what I clear after 2 degrees & 7 years seniority.

    Then what the story doesn’t say they should also be getting ;
    FTA quick calculation – 3 kids under 12 call it 450pf,
    16yo on the dole = 240pf,

    So the household income is actually around 2750.

    Their HC rent will not be anything like the mortgage I pay. Ah here we go …

    Subsidised rent is based on your household income before tax. If you’re eligible for a subsidised rent, you pay a rent of no more than 25% of your household’s total assessable income before tax.

    Lets assume it is all assessable (the DSP & SPP are ) , therefore … 25% of 2750 = 687 ((ok it is about he same – unless they can claim hardship))

    So after clearing rent they cannot live on 2k a fortnight ????

    Then again they clear more than I ever will working at the top increment (allowing for CPI increases) , after HECS (for another 2 years) , and mortgage , which still has 20 years to run – so why bother working ? And THAT my friends is the question I ask myself every day !!!

  30. struth

    Then again they clear more than I ever will working at the top increment (allowing for CPI increases) , after HECS (for another 2 years) , and mortgage , which still has 20 years to run – so why bother working ? And THAT my friends is the question I ask myself every day !!!

    If you can afford it, don’t play the game.
    My money was too hard to earn for half of it to be taken by the government while being harassed all the time from them for more.

    If I went away working for two weeks, I was away from home for half of that time working to give it to the government.

    Not now.
    Sorry, not playing.
    And by the way, many of my hard working mates have given the game away too.
    For the exact same reason.

    I still work, but not all year round, and get a bit of income from bits and pieces the rest of the year.

    Fuck ’em.

  31. Howard Hill

    Sorry, not playing.
    And by the way, many of my hard working mates have given the game away too.

    Count me as another Galt, 10 years now. It’s the only way to put an end to it without violence. And good on ya struth, it takes guts to leave it all behind.

  32. Diogenes

    Sorry, not playin

    When step father’s cancer finally gets him and the will is probated, I hope to have enough to clear the mortgage.
    With that done, I can work 3 days a week and still clear as much as I do now. OR Grab my super before the govt steals it, travel for 6 months & ‘spend’ it all, go in the dole and the Mrs is already not working so is eligible as well. Being over 55 neither of us even have to pretend to look for work – we can volunteer 30 hours a fortnight at at local railway museum, or I could easily do a day a week as a casual. Without the expenses of going to work (PT fares) and other discounts we will be @ 50 a fortnight better off (and in 18 months when I hit 60 I become eligible for a seniors card – even more discounts)

  33. Eyrie

    John galt? We need Hank Bowman.

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