Dumb as Bucks

Language is a organic thing.  Words evolve and words disappear, and they disappear from the lack of use.  So it is important for all of us, that when certain words that used to be often used start disappearing, that we all join together to keep them alive.  This is part of the reason for this post.

Yesterday, the NSW Government delivered its 2018-19 budget showing a $3.9 billion surplus.  For those who live outside NSW, a surplus (pronounced sur-pluhs, -pluh s) is when the Government plans to spend less money than it collects. A novel concept for most Australian, but as shown in NSW, it is more than a theoretical possibility.

Any Canberra residents out there reading this, please repeat after Spartacus:

  • sur-pluhs, -pluh s
  • sur-pluhs, -pluh s
  • sur-pluhs, -pluh s

Not surprisingly, the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet has been out selling and promoting the budget.

Spartacus has not be following particularly closely where the Treasurer has been, but one imagines that he needs to speak to informed and ill-informed citizens.  And on the theme of the ill-informed, Treasurer Perrottet popped in for a chat with the geniuses, the Apostles of Emma-nomics at the ABC.

Interviewed this morning by the leading minds of Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, came the following observation from Buck:

The Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is with us this morning. Of course he handed down the state budget yesterday. There was a lot of money being thrown around, although not a great deal of money it appears being thrown it into climate change relief.

Yes.  You read that correctly.  The ABC “journalist”, whose salary is paid by the tax payers, observed that there was not a lot of money thrown into climate change relief as part of the NSW budget.  Buck then followed with the following quality question:

Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?

Without transcribing Perrottet’s exact words, he basically said he believed in the science and that as a (conservative) Government, we should be focusing on the outcomes.

Outcomes.  How do you like that?  An Australian politician who is more interest in outcomes and results than throwing money about.  Is Perrottet the only Treasurer in Australia who no only knows what an outcome is, but is prepared to say that is his focus.  Not spending.  Not sloganeering.  Results.  How novel.  But then the zinger from Wendy Harmer in response:

Buy why haven’t you spent the money?

ABC journalism and Emma-nomics par-excellence.  Outcomes and results = la la la.

SPEND THE MONEY.  Just SPEND THE MONEY.

But whose money?  Other people’s money of course.  As Margaret Thatcher said:

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

Wendy and Robbie.  Dumb as Bucks!

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53 Responses to Dumb as Bucks

  1. H B Bear

    Harmer is a regard and Buck is a graduate of the ALPBC kindergarten JJJ. A 1.2bn sheltered workshop.

    Don’t laugh, you’re paying for it.

  2. W Hogg

    Shut it down. Lock them up.

  3. LPT

    Choice article. Thanks.
    OPM – go for it. Spend like a drunken sailor … and some.

  4. The BigBlueCat

    H B Bear
    #2742473, posted on June 20, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    Harmer is a regard and Buck is a graduate of the ALPBC kindergarten JJJ. A 1.2bn sheltered workshop.

    Don’t laugh, you’re paying for it.

    I’m sure you meant “retard” … just don’t mention the hair lip!

  5. Bruce in WA

    I’m sure you meant “retard” … just don’t mention the hair lip!

    “Harelip”, I think.

  6. Habib

    Despite all that he’s obviously another wet (NSW liberals are all sodden) who may or may not be gullible enough to still believe in that tired, increasingly thin grift, but lacks the testicles to say “we’re not blowing any more on moronic hippy frets that’re even more of a waste of dinars than the ABC . And I’ll be asking my federal colleagues why they’re not pulling the plug on you commie cretins”.

    Fuck him , he’s part of the problem, like his cohort of limp-dick socialist bed-wetters.

  7. The ABC has been emboldened by the unequivocal support of this suicidal government. Now watch the lunatics take over the asylum completely. It’ll be a “f###wit free-for-all” where no claim or inquiry will be questioned, no standards applied, and no responsibility taken.

  8. The BigBlueCat

    Bruce in WA
    #2742503, posted on June 20, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    I’m sure you meant “retard” … just don’t mention the hair lip!

    “Harelip”, I think.

    That too ….

  9. Habib

    The hare lip connected to the rabbit brain. Was she found to be too stupid and obnoxious for Melbourne commercial FM?

  10. .

    Climate change relief?

    Nuclear power and reverse cycle air conditioning.

  11. Roger

    What is the carbon footprint of the ABC, anyone?

  12. criss cross

    Excellent question Roger… but whatever it is, it’s WAY too bloody big. Shut it down, sell it off, and reap the Climate Change rewards.

  13. BorisG

    a valid question is: why collect more than you need to spend?

  14. Tim Neilson

    Was she found to be too stupid and obnoxious for Melbourne commercial FM?

    It’s terrifying to think that that is possible, but if anyone can do it they’re perfect for the ABC.

  15. manalive

    … although not a great deal of money it appears being thrown it into climate change relief …

    There are areas of NSW suffering a serious 12 – 18 month drought.
    Trust the ABC kiddies to attribute that to (scary music) Climate Change™.

    … Never let a crisis go to waste … (Saul Alinsky & others).

  16. Squirrel

    Those gem-like quotes from the interview with Perrotet sum-up so well the biggest problem with the ABC – it is a non-stop, relentless crusade for an ever larger, more intrusive and more expensive public sector.

    The idea that an organisation which constantly pushes the same line, and never, with any seriousness, questions the fiscal sustainability of the Australian public sector – particularly in the globalised world which the ABC just lerves – makes a mockery of the indignation which we get from the ABC at the suggestion it is not balanced.

    As to the “Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?” question, we now have our very own Spanish Inquisition, but without the intended humour of the Monty Python version.

  17. Paul

    I’m waiting for them to come out with negative surplus instead of deficit.
    Why not? they can have negative growth.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    The alpbc are similar to the NSW government and its surplus,according to Guthrie the comrades “generate “a billion a year ,with the 1.2 billion from the long suffering taxpayer that’s 2.2 billion a year ,on the swan accounting method ,why are they worrying about minor cuts by the turnbull alp government ?
    Our options in the next election are alp or gangrene ,with a choice of two alp groups the turnbull left left left globalites or the shortass Union mafia left left left globalists , the communist globalist fascist gangrenes are not an option talk about Hobson’s choice !

  19. JohnL

    As to the “Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?

    The answer should be:
    Yes, I believe that climate change is crap!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Tel

    Buy why haven’t you spent the money?

    The only valid answer is, because it isn’t my money and it isn’t the role of any government to offer people relief from bad weather. If you feel the need to build something, then build a dam.

    To pay down prior debt.

    Paying down debt is a fine idea, especially in this era where debts are dangerously high and interest rates are guaranteed to rise (only a matter of how rapidly they do rise).

    Current payroll tax rate in NSW is 5.45% they could nicely trim that down to 5% and perhaps reduce the stamp duty a little bit. Would be a nice gesture.

  21. Tim Neilson

    As to the “Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?

    The answer should be “there is absolutely undoubtedly such a thing as climate and absolutely undoubtedly it does change”.

    Make them say exactly what they mean by “climate change”. Then hold them to it. Most of the half-wits wouldn’t be able to articulate what they mean anyway.

  22. Fred

    A budget surplus is a bad idea. It just encourages more spending.

    The government should deliver a balanced budget with revenue exactly the same as expenditure.

    Just wait, there will be people lining up to spend the $3.9 billion on their pet causes.

  23. tgs

    Current payroll tax rate in NSW is 5.45% they could nicely trim that down to 5% and perhaps reduce the stamp duty a little bit. Would be a nice gesture.

    The payroll tax threshold was increased as part of this budget so small business in NSW does get some relief.

    Agree on the need for broader tax decreases, though.

  24. Dumb as a stump. Thick as two short planks. Missing a few sheep in the top paddock. A lightbulb short of a socket. A few roos loose in the top paddock. Etc etc etc.

  25. A budget surplus is a bad idea. It just encourages more spending.

    Correct. But this result was buoyed by one off events.

  26. jupes

    How much of the budget is reliant on fines?

    If every citizen obeyed the rules would they have a surplus?

    Of course not.

  27. Des Deskperson

    A few years back, ‘Robbie Buck’ – iff that really is his name – was a fairly ordinary DJ – musically safe and orthodox with no evidence of above the average intelligence or erudition- on JJJ.

    Now he is a national political analyst?

    How do these things happen??

  28. H B Bear

    Now he is a national political analyst?
    How do these things happen??

    Dunno – ask Frank Kelly. With a BA from Latrobe Uni, her last job before the JJJ kindy and the staff co-op was Guild activities organiser. Now a $200k+ a year j’ismist at the co-op.

    Is Robbie Buck a lesbian? That might provide a clue.

  29. Habib

    Same way vacuous imbeciles like Steve Inane become foreign correspondents, and Annabelle with Crabs is a political reporter.

  30. Roger

    Now a $200k+ a year j’ismist at the co-op.

    $200k is not a lot of money, you know.

    You can’t even afford a house girl.

  31. Habib

    FFS they hired the two cretins from Frenzal Rhomb, the worst, most derivative punk band ever to slither out of copying the most shit US knock-offs as broadcasters.

  32. H B Bear

    The JJJ flotsam and jetsam are infesting all branches of the staff co-op. The ALPBC is now a cradle to grave employer which will see the Quentin Dumpster long goodbye will soon mean a six or seven figure payout and 40 or 50 years of defined benefits superannuation. Nice work for some.

  33. Tel

    If every citizen obeyed the rules would they have a surplus?

    Of course not.

    Yeah they would have a surplus… the speed limits would keep getting lower and the parking zones would get more and more complex and the traffic lights would have to get a bit more random than they already are… but the money would still come through.

  34. Habib

    Bob Ellis and that odious commie Frank Hardy’s retarded grand-daughter plenty of air and web-time as well. It’s as representative as buggery. Literally.

  35. H B Bear

    Roger, I suspect it is probably well north of $250k now. I lost all those leaked ALPBC salaries on the death of my last computer.

  36. Robber Baron

    I would have answered the question this way…and keep a straight face.

    “I believe in Climate Change. Unfortunately, the Greens and Labor won’t allow us to spend the money towards effective climate relief. Their priorities are welfare, hospitals and education. Each of these are irrelevant if we have no safe climate to live in. I’d like to do more, but the opposition parties won’t let me. You need to ask them why they want to destroy planet Earth.”

    Fuck with the Left’s minds. It’s the only way.

  37. Roger

    Roger, I suspect it is probably well north of $250k now.

    No doubt, Bear. Who on earth can live on $200k? The humanity!

  38. Habib

    “Disastrous anthropogenic climate change is a real and present danger. As is Chicom hegomony in the South Pacific. Which is why we’re immediately commissioning a series of home-fueled nuclear power stations, which will also provide weapons-grade materiel to upgrade our defence capability. Any questions?”

  39. Des Deskperson

    Roger, I suspect it is probably well north of $250k now.

    From July 2013 to July 2018, ordinary APS employees covered by the ABC Enterprise agreement have/will have received pay rises of 11.45%.

    If Fran had received the same level of pay rise as these grunts, she’d be on around $280,000 by now.

    However, I suspect she earns quite a bit more.

  40. Jimf

    When you’ve shaken down ppl with criminal stamp duty ,tolls, levies etc guess what the coffers swell.It’s pathetic to see the Dopey DT and FF swooning over these blood sucking big spending liberals splashing around our money. Like we should be thankful to these clever re-distributors. Get out of our pockets, tax less , spend less. $100 arts vouchers , $150 baby welcome packs !! FMD. Politicians of all stripes are born to spend , addicted to their own importance. I paid $182k stamp duty 3 yrs ago so kids can buy crayons … awww.
    The NSW Liberals are Mal Jnr clones. Meanwhile Sydney is a tip, uninhabitable, overrun, toxically expensive. Small business is also being killed by poorly run infrastructure projects in the CBD and east.

  41. BorisG

    Make them say exactly what they mean by “climate change”.

    Exactly my thinking

  42. BorisG

    This thread shows how irrational many cats are. One state governments doing the right thing and people are saying they are still part of the problem.

    Me thinks we should cherish prudence and give them a lot of support.

  43. Craig

    What the hell is “climate change relief”? This pair are deranged, gibberish twats of the highest order, please put them down like a sick dog.

  44. Lady Nilk, Iron Bogan

    Wendy Harmer is a journalist? In what universe? The woman’s a jumped-up comedienne* who now spends her time sucking up our taxes and spouting statist idiocy.

    *I found her funny 30 years ago, then I grew up. True story.

  45. Gary

    It will be used to buy votes by both sides rather then given back. That’s why! BorisG

  46. Mother Lode

    Back in the sweet halcyon days of the 80’s Harmer used to host ‘The Big Gig’ on the telly.

    Most bits could elicit a mirthful smile, some a chuckle, and some an outright belly laugh (I am thinking here mostly of the guys in the blue singlets).

    But is started with Harmer’s monologue which was clearly meant to be humorous – and she laughed all the way through it – but never drew even the smallest cough. It was like they were priming the audience by comedic asphyxiation so the first act could not help but benefit from the release.

    She was amazingly unfunny.

    I see she brings the same consummate skill to her new gig as a ‘journalist’.

  47. .

    What the hell is “climate change relief”?

    Nuclear power and a reverse cycle air conditioner.

  48. The BigBlueCat

    Squirrel
    #2742588, posted on June 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    As to the “Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?” question, we now have our very own Spanish Inquisition, but without the intended humour of the Monty Python version.

    The climate changes all the time. We need to ask “what are the outcomes if we spend trillions of $’s on RET?” Of course the answers are “not much” (since the human contribution to climate change is also “not much”) and “unreliable baseload energy” (unless we go nuclear).

    Of course, the CAGW crowd have no sense of humour – rusted-on socialists never do.

  49. max

    $1 trillion debt bomb buried in NSW budget papers
    The Australian
    12:00AM June 21, 2018
    Adam Creighton
    One of the world’s biggest ratings agencies has questioned the NSW government’s finances, as new analysis reveals the nationwide ­infrastructure boom is pushing combined federal and state government debts towards the $1 trillion mark for the first time.

    Net financial liabilities — a broader measure of debt including superannuation liabilities and the debts of state-owned corporations — are poised to surge by more than $43bn combined across the states and territories, according to analysis by The Australian.

    Recent sales of NSW government assets, including electricity distribution networks and the land and title registry, have helped fuel infrastructure spending.

    As for the other states, NSW’s annual budget surpluses mask large annual deficits when spending on infrastructure is included.

    Queensland’s net financial liabilities, a broader definition akin to remaining debts if states sold their financial assets to pay down debt, are projected to rise from $74bn to $83.6bn over that period. In NSW they will rise from $105bn to $129.2bn.

  50. mareeS

    Wendy: “but why haven’t you spent the money?”

    Says it all about the Left, money trees, etc.

    The spouse was partner in a successful media business back in the day, dividends were mostly in six figures every year, which he dutifully handed over to me, a committed Scrooge. Result when he retired early was in the good millions, while his partner had an award-winning waterfront house and a huge mortgage when they eventually sold the company.

    I know the value of spending for productive purposes, and the pointlessness of spending because the money is there. This is where Australia went wrong under Rudd/Gillard, and continues down that one-way track.

  51. Habib

    Daphne Kelly is paid $280K, she earns derision. And the NSW government are profligate, rule-happy leftists. Any budget “surplus” is not due to frugality, wise management or even a lotto win, it’s entirely due to gouging on top of robbery. I didn’t think it could get worse that under Brucie’s Boy, but our Glad seems to be Doris Bagshawe’s evil twin in a twin-set.

  52. .

    One of the world’s biggest ratings agencies has questioned the NSW government’s finances, as new analysis reveals the nationwide ­infrastructure boom is pushing combined federal and state government debts towards the $1 trillion mark for the first time.

    Around 60% of GDP now.

    The bond rate is roughly 3%.

    So if per capita real GDP is no more than 1.8%, labour demand is going to stay flat or shrink.

    We are going to have a debt-driven recession that will make the 1990 recession look like a mild hiccup.

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