Pay for my holiday. It’s only fair.

A couple of years ago, TAFKAS was listening to the radio.  It was the Steve Price show on 2GB and his regular evening guest was Andrew Bolt.  It was the call-in part of the show.

TAFKAS can’t remember what the theme or essence of that day’s show was, but this is what TAFKAS can remember.

A woman rang up complaining that she had not been on holidays for a while.  She said that taxes on high earners should be increased and her taxes cut so that she could go on a holiday.  It was only fair.  The caller said that those high earners would not notice a few less thousand dollars, but she certainly would.

Unsurprisingly, Bolt shot the caller down quick as a flash.  But this seems to be the essence of the “fairness” debate.  It’s not about Government creating the conditions so that anyone who wants to prosper can prosper.  It’s about envy.  Those fat cats from the big end of town have things that we don’t and it’s not fair.

It was even the essence of Dr Richard Denniss’ oped in the AFR last week when argued that it was actually good for Australia to “soak the rich”.

But here’s the thing.  The further a nation goes down the “left wing” path, the harder it is to course correct.  It only leads to one place – Venezuela Land.

In their 2002 research, Rafael Di Tella from Harvard and Robert MacCulloch from Princeton found evidence that:

governments in poor countries have a more left wing rhetoric than those in OECD countries.

The empirical pattern of beliefs within countries is consistent with this explanation: people who perceive corruption to be high in the country are also more likely to lean left ideologically and to declare to support a more intrusive government in economic matters.

Perhaps this works in reverse also.  If you make a rich country poor (through de-industrialization and through destroying large swathes of employment and production), left wing rhetoric and policy becomes more appealing.

If only the Labor Party was more patient.  They should have first gotten into Government, destroyed the economy and only then made Anthony Albanese leader.

Right Comrades?

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12 Responses to Pay for my holiday. It’s only fair.

  1. stackja

    people who perceive corruption to be high in the country are also more likely to lean left ideologically and to declare to support a more intrusive government in economic matters.

    Socialism doesn’t work and holidays aren’t allowed.

  2. mareeS

    Such entitlement.

    We are worth a quid or two, our kids work FIFO in WA, we help a bit with their airfares from the east coast when they come home every several months. Not much comfort in that life.

  3. Aynsley Kellow

    Who was it who pointed out that high taxes on the affluent to give to the poor destroys any incentive for either to engage in the effort that grows the economy for all?

  4. MACK

    The Victorian government now funds kindergartens, before-school breakfasts, and tampons for school girls, as well as “free” hospitals and schools. Next it will be free travel, dinners out, as well as holidays. After all, there are plenty of rich people who can afford to pay for it all.

  5. Pyrmonter

    Argentine Road stuff. If you read the South American Left, anyone who holds with free markets, the rule of law and small government is no more than a crony, the ‘neo-liberals’ who oppress the masses. When the state has so frequently engaged in cronyism, often under the guise of market reform, I suppose you can understand why. The paradox is that the Left’s cronyism is as bad, if not worse, as anyone familiar either with Peron, or his more moderate, but similarly corrupt counterparts in modern Brazil show.

  6. It reminds me of that old joke where the shop steward gets all the workers together and tells them that thanks to the union they now only have to work Wednesdays. At that, someone in the back calls out, ‘What? Every Wednesday?’

  7. RobK

    explanation: people who perceive corruption to be high in the country are also more likely to lean left ideologically and to declare to support a more intrusive government in economic matters.
    Big call.

  8. me

    Chicken and egg argument. Which came first? Corruption or Socialism?

  9. billie

    Ah yes, if you have more than me, you must have some of my stuff, school of envy

    taught by Labor and the unions in Australia

  10. John Bayley

    @ Pyrmonter 5:37 pm:

    I have been to Argentina many times and love the place. It is full of wonderful people, stunning scenery and plenty of natural resources.
    At the same time, it is exactly as you say: An example of what Australia could have been, and yet may become, should it follow the slippery path to ever more socialism.
    The tragedy of Argentina is that the place by now appears beyond salvation. The political class is so corrupt, the currency regularly destroyed and poverty so entrenched – largely thanks to the former two – that it seems there is no way out. Any attempt at reform is bound to cause lots of pain, so it seems preferable to continue with the status quo.
    As can be seen again right now, with Macri’s diminishing prospects to win the next election against Kristina Kirchner, one of the most corrupt past leaders ever, even on that country’s scale.
    Yes, indeed; it can absolutely happen here also. Freedom and prosperity are not automatic entitlements – but then most people here already know that. Shame that the rest of the Australian public are not so informed.

  11. LGS

    “I am entitled to more of your money, you’re not entitled to any of mine” are the watchwords of your typical leftist/socialist.

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