Two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner

Stein’s Law holds that if something cannot go on forever, it will stop.  But this seems only a matter of perspective.  Just ask the ruling elite in Venezuela; they are living relaxed and comfortable.

In the latest budget, our Government has tried again to pull a misdirection trick.  They took $10 from us (by force) but returned $6 and said, presto, aren’t we great.  The opposition has offered an even better trick.  They propose to take $10 from us (also by force), burn $3 and return $2 and claim to be the better magicians.  Both sides keep calling themselves magicians but what they really are a charlatans.

Somewhere between 45% to 50% of Australian actually pay no net income tax.  Take those entirely dependent on welfare (eg pensioners) and then add in those who pay some income tax but get back more than they have paid via the various transfer programs operated by the Commonwealth.  And the view of the Labor Party is that it is unfair that these later people don’t get enough of a subsidy.  Not the poor living entirely off welfare and not the higher income earners working more for less.

So here is a question. What happens when Australia passes the tipping point where the number of voters living off transfers exceeds the number of votes making transfers? Australia is not there yet, but it’s pretty close.  And with the ageing population, it ain’t far off.  To paraphrase James Bovard, will the Commonwealth Budget become a periodic vote by two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner?

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. That started from a Brisbane port, with Rudd-Swan’s leadership.

It started in November 2007, but it has continued ever since without break.  Just pause and listen to the policy discourse. All the “budget” conversations are about where and how to tax more and which programs to spend more on. Nowhere is a political word said about priorities or resource reallocation or stopping programs or budget cuts. Nowhere. And both major parties are not really arguing about reversing the growth of government but rather whose programs will growth the government (relatively) more faster or slower.

But it is even worse than that.  Somehow in the last 10 years increased government spending became a good thing.  At the same time tax cuts because classified as government spending, but somehow a bad kind of spending.  Who knew?  But check out the latest from the ALP.

Here is a link to Google Maps.  Is there anyone able to point Spartacus to where the Top End of Town is?  Does Uber go there?

What the ALP is becoming is a drug cartel. They get as many people addicted to government hand outs and then, when enough are addicted and dependent, they say you need us more than we need you.  Don’t elect the other people because they will take away your fix.  As if the Liberal-National would do that anyway!  Mind you, according to the ALP, when it comes to budgeting, a lack of an increase in spending is a cut.  So to is not meeting the ALP promised levels of profligacy.  Again, who knew that not spending more was actually spending less?

It’s depressing.  Truly depressing.  And Spartacus Shrugged.

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29 Responses to Two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner

  1. duncanm

    we’re well on our way to the end of democracy and the inevitable dictatorship phase.

  2. Baldrick

    I blame John Howard and Peter Costello and their middle class welfare splurges.
    They started the rot.

  3. Genghis

    Still makes my blood boil. The Liars Party and their neferous hangers on have constantly wailed that the coal industry gets massive subsidies. But actually they get less than $1 per tonne and how one arrives at that I have yet to find out. The massive subsidies are a result of coal generators not paying a carbon tax. You really have to live on Cuckoo Land to get a more warped idea of Green-Left politics.
    Regards,

  4. Shy Ted

    That’s a clever little advert but an outright lie. However the image of Lord Waffles could be a photo. The lie is that the ALP think Lord Waffle is the PM. It’s actually Lady Waffle.

  5. Billie

    I blame the Russians, for losing the cold war and removing purpose from the west.

  6. Perth Trader

    But Govt. spending increases the GDP. So more taxes and more govt. borrowing leading to more Govt. spending must be better. Its a long term investment in our future. ‘ Think of the children’.

  7. indigo

    Historians will point to the last 10 years as the worst in Australian history. And there is no end in sight. Only The Australian Conservatives offer an alternative. Imagine 5 or 6 Conservative party senators after the next election. It could turn the tide.

  8. indigo

    Historians will point to the last 10 years as the worst in Australian history. And there is no end in sight. Only The Australian Conservatives offer an alternative. Imagine 5 or 6 Conservative party senators after the next election. It could turn the tide.

  9. Kev, in the Canberra dome

    We are fucked.

  10. Garry

    Not just in Australia. Most of the western world, with the recent exception of the USA and a couple of obscure Eastern European countries, seems be afflicted!

  11. Percy Popinjay

    The Waffleroach – arrogant and out of touch

    That’s not exactly an inaccurate assessment.

  12. wal1957

    Shiiittte Kev! You live in Canberra? With all the a$$oles?

    You poor bugger.

  13. Roger

    What happens when Australia passes the tipping point where the number of voters living off transfers exceeds the number of votes making transfers?

    Well, one thing that will happen is that all those making transfers who can will seek to offshore themselves and/or their financial assets.

    After that things start to get really interesting.

    Hello, Venestralia.

  14. Texas Jack

    Baldrick
    #2719136, posted on May 24, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    I blame John Howard and Peter Costello and their middle class welfare splurges.
    They started the rot.

    Yeap, and with preferential voting we’re more fcuked than we should be because the utterly useless Liberal Party calculate that there’s no upside in starting the long process of balancing community expectations back to where they were when Kennedy gave his “ask not what your country can do for you” speech.

  15. Empire 5:5

    Hello, Venestralia

    Whence we kill the comfy commies by keeling ‘em from ‘copters.

  16. John Constantine

    Superannuation piles of grab money, house price profits and Death duties.

    Lots of ways to vote for fairness.

    As long as the burden falls on the richest forty percent, elections will be won sixty to forty.

    Comrades.

  17. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    socialism is shit

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    So here is a question. What happens when Australia passes the tipping point where the number of voters living off transfers exceeds the number of votes making transfers?

    Here’s an answer:

    “When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.” – Benjamin Franklin

    Admittedly this may be a misquote or a Scot called Tytler the source. But who cares?
    It’s wonderfully accurate.

  19. candy

    Not the poor living entirely off welfare and not the higher income earners working more for less.

    You might be out of touch Spartacus. There are a lot of Australians on low wages, with no hint of a wage increase, working full time or near full time and find it quite hard. Could you live on $45,000 to $50,000?

  20. Robber Baron

    I am buying property in Asia. I will need somewhere to live when the politicans go full communist retard.

  21. Rob MW

    Stein’s Law holds that if something cannot go on forever, it will stop. But this seems only a matter of perspective. Just ask the ruling elite in Venezuela; they are living relaxed and comfortable.

    To accomplish modern progressiveness one must nationalize poverty and criminalize sanity. We are well on the way to becoming truly modern.

  22. duncanm

    The US seems to have backed away from the precipice with Trump.

    Do we have such a figure that can shake it up?

  23. tombell

    The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.
    Alexis de Tocqueville

  24. Macspee

    Democracy has many enemies including the EU. Try this for size: ought to be on front pages everywhere
    https://theblueanchor.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/the-graphs-that-demolish-remain/

  25. John Comnenus

    For those like Spartacus who don’t know, the top end of town lives in postcodes 2600 – 26o5 and a few others in the ACT. The Top End of Town live in:

    Barton,
    Griffith,
    Kingston,
    Red Hill,
    Deakin,
    Yarralumla,
    Campbell,
    Reid,
    Acton,
    O’Connor,
    Dickson,
    Lyneham,
    Ainslie, and
    Braddon.

  26. John Comnenus

    The only solution for Australia is a massive overhaul of the tax and welfare systems that is designed to create more tax payers and fewer transfer payments.

    A simple approach would be to work out a system where say 80% of employed people can live without welfare and still pay taxes (albeit not much).

    The method would be to work out how much is paid out in welfare and then reduce the tax rates so that person is able to keep that amount of money in lower taxes. Remember most of these people pay taxes and then gets lots of rebates. So just get rid of the rebates and slash their tax rate. The resultant tax savings will be massive higher up creating a mega boom to mop up the legion of unemployed public servants who populate and seek rents from the tax – transfer payments complex AKA the public service.

  27. Habib

    It’s past the tipping point. The only way to salvage the inevitable slide into Venezuelan dystopia is to wholesale change the electoral act to bring in a net tax franchise. This of course won’t happen, so this dump is buggered, get out while you can and still take assets with you. Too many parasites, too few capitalists, and nowhere near enough helicopters, let alone the fortitude to put them to good use as demonstrated by another South American former basketcase that firmly fixed its socialist problem.

  28. John Constantine:

    Superannuation piles of grab money, house price profits and Death duties.

    I’ve been watching the remnants of my super slowly get bigger – losing the last four years of your working life to illness will stuff up any plan – and I’m tossing up whether to just grab the remainder and buy gold/guns/ammo/tins of baked beans and watch the whole show go to the shithouse.
    Being dependent on sophisticated pharmaceuticals means that after a crash, I won’t last more than a month, so perhaps a few cartons of high end scotch should be the way to go?

  29. Jimf

    In a nutshell this is it. Over 40 years or so govt has been creating laws that mean vast slabs of society vote for income from others and it has become an entitlement. Tipping point is past , the cards have been played, our public policy can only be geared now to bleed the shrinking few that know how to make money in a sadly stupid culture called the west.
    I agree with other posters, find a 2nd world country , invest there , move there , and free yourself from the impending cannabalistic orgy that awaits bloated western democracies. Otherwise you will get eaten alive .

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