Opportunity Knocks: Anthony Albanese Apes Joe Biden

 And that can’t be good                                                                                                                        

A “once in a lifetime opportunity” is how long-sidelined Labor leader Anthony Albanese will today characterise the political hysteria ruining millions of Australian lives and the virus at its root that has so far killed 98 people. (Asthma kills more than 400 every year). In what’s being sold this morning as a “major speech” in Parliament House later today, Mr Albanese will argue the coronavirus disaster proves the Federal government must spend hundreds of billions of non-existent dollars on infrastructure, higher wages, the revival of local manufacturing and – bizarrely – “high-speed rail.” Though decorated with predictable genuflections to Sts. Curtin and Chifley, this rhetoric is wholly imported. Keynesian magic advocates everywhere have been using the same sociopathic language about the mayhem and death currently blighting the world. Joe Biden has talked about “an incredible opportunity to fundamentally transform the country.” Democrat lawmaker, Majority Whip James Clyburn, has welcomed the catastrophe as “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres sees “a unique opportunity to design and implement more inclusive and accessible societies.” Ironically, the only admirable idea flagged in precis reports of the Albanese speech is the ambition to Make Australia Great Again with supply chain security and manufacturing.

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33 Responses to Opportunity Knocks: Anthony Albanese Apes Joe Biden

  1. thefrollickingmole

    MoONORAIL!!!

    For Shelbyville..

  2. Roger W

    They have seen the shut down start the destruction of our economy and society and, in true socialist fashion, want to make sure they finish it. As the saying goes, we had to destroy the village in order to save it. They want to “save” us big-time.
    And to think that people vote for these people.
    Still, Their ABC will love it.

  3. Roger W

    BTW, I’m sure I saw the Money Tree growing at the bottom of my garden, where the fairies are, and I’m having a slice of the Magic Pudding for lunch.

  4. PB

    All these people advocating massive spending within the window of opportunity thrown open by a conveniently timed pandemic of dubious provenance. If the Covid did not exist it would be necessary to invent it anyway.

  5. Roger

    High speed rail seems to be a fetish with these types.

    The Canberra-Sydney route is the only fast rail route for which an economic case can be made, although most of the tickets would be bought with public money .

  6. EvilElvis

    The least self aware collection of people in society preaching for more of the same to get to their utopia. Look around morons you’ve had your way for years and it’s not getting better for us plebs and you’re still not satisfied.

  7. H B Bear

    Albo’s desperate struggle for relevance.

  8. calli

    When I read that header, I though Albo had gone the grope.

  9. Up The Workers!

    If The Labor(sic) Party didn’t have stupidity, incompetence and corruption, they’d have no standards to guide them at all.

    Joe Biden from the Dementiacrats is a good example for AnAl the Brothel-Hopper to follow.

    Silly as a hat full of arseholes!

  10. H B Bear

    If Antonio Guterres thinks it is a good idea you probably need a second opinion.

  11. H B Bear

    When I read that header, I though Albo had gone the grope.

    I think that is an extra.

  12. Professor Fred Lenin

    The government has announced that we will borroe billions of dollars to pay the interest on the money we borrowed previously , in a few months we will borrow more money to pay the interest on the money we borrowed to pay the interest on the original borrowings .its simple economics mate .
    Question who lends a broke wastrel money ?

  13. Tom

    Leftists collectively are deeply unhappy people. Every one of their political ideas would change the world beyond recognition because they hate it as it is.

    The earth and the universe are a wondrous life-giving mystery, but leftists see only toxic poison ivy. Normal people just shrug at the nihilistic malcontents on the left. If only they had a life, they could achieve stuff and be happy, but their world of failure and hate just breeds more failure and hate.

    Unfortunately, we have conferred totalitarian power on the public service “experts” who loathe normies and the free market that pays the inflated salaries of the government health Nazis and the politicians in their thrall.

    We didn’t have the wisdom to elect politicians who understood the difference between freedom and slavery and so we will be enslaved by big government, who the “experts” our politicians have delegated power to want to install as our solution to everything.

    Founded as it is on distrust of the free market, Big Government will only lower our standard of living and impoverish us. Get ready for decades of debt, deficits, high unemployment and the failure of government.

  14. Iampeter

    Mr Albanese will argue the coronavirus disaster proves the Federal government must spend hundreds of billions of non-existent dollars on infrastructure, higher wages, the revival of local manufacturing and – bizarrely – “high-speed rail.”

    Doesn’t sound very different to what conservatives have been proposing.
    It’s actually pretty small fry compared to what Trump himself has been tweeting about.
    Very big and bold!

    Also, just wait for Morrison to respond with something even more zany and left wing.

  15. Terry

    ‘Make Australia Great Again with supply chain security and manufacturing.’

    The ONLY way to even attempt to do that is to cancel/disconnect grid-based “renewables” completely.

    AFTER that happens, come talk to us Albo – or don’t.

  16. Professor Fred Lenin

    Comrade Albo is confident the globalist fascist socialists will save the world byi its actions .
    High speed rail everywhere using no fossil fuel at all.
    Renew6able energy no more fossil coal or gas or hydro power.
    Destroying the `snowy and Tassie hydro schemes to savethe spotted gudgeon fish .
    Abolishing coal mining and all other mining to heal the earth from human brutality
    Increasing migrant and refugee intake to create more labor voters .
    Borrowing more more of our money back from China ,
    Signing a mutual defence treaty with China , North Korea Cuba and Venezuela .
    Submitting all our laws to UN control ,ent GST
    Taling 4p oer cent of all mon government workers salaries as a donation to the UN while extracting
    30 per cent of gross for income tax and 25 per cent GSTonall transactions .
    The New Socialist Normal Australia.
    .

  17. Roger W

    Serious question:
    if every government is borrowing to fund the covid 19 response (including, I assume the fact that China is spending more than its economy is generating), who is doing the lending?
    Am I right in assuming that “borrowing” really means printing money or simply juggling the accounts with some creative accounting?

  18. Tel

    The ONLY way to even attempt to do that is to cancel/disconnect grid-based “renewables” completely.

    Just put an end to the Renewable Energy Target and the associated wealth transfer.

    Might also be nice to Legalize nuclear power construction, along with some suitable long term contractual guarantees so that private industry has the confidence they won’t get shafted. That’s not really necessary, we have sufficient coal for the time being.

  19. Dr Faustus

    Hi iampeter: Obviously I’m an admirer of your work since, oh, I don’t know when – so, take this as a fanboi suggestion/request. It would be hilarious if you could do a leftie parody of a right winger parodying a leftie. A sort of Hammy with double pike and twist.

    I reckon you’ve got the range to pull it off.

  20. Scernus

    Just like all the Labor hacks (Rudd, Gillard, Turnbull, Shorten) Albo stands on the verge of greatness, ready to solve all our problems (detail TBA).

  21. Bad Samaritan

    Roger W (1.46pm). I’ll explain once again…

    The govt issues bonds. The RBA prints money (and creates electronic transfers as money) to “buy’ these bonds, so that it appears in the govt books that the govt “owes” the RBA. The RBA has bonds which appear to be IOUs from the Govt. At a later date the RBA will not redeem the bonds, but will forgive the debt instead. This would not work if the govt borrowed from a real bank or from investors, since they would not forgive the debt. A donestic example……

    Mum gets sacked and dad says he’ll give mum $500 per week so’s she can keep on shopping. One of their kids has found a bag of money in the woods and agrees to lend $500 pw of this found-money to dad, who then gives it to Mum. Some time later when mum gets a job and dad stops giving her an allowance, dad says to junior “what about you let me off?” and junior agrees, since it was free money in the first place. This would not work if dad had borrowed from a bank, since it would not let dad off..

    So long as this found, or free, money does not overwhelm supply (ie it’s less than what all the mum’s combined would’ve got when working = not a case of too much (ie more) new free / found money chasing too few goods) there should not be inflation.

    Considering the US experience of this (called Quantitative Easing) under Obama, and the Japanese version these past 30 years…..it will not make an economy boom, but will not destroy it either.

  22. Lee

    Relevance Deprivation Syndrome.
    Typical socialist/lefty response: spend, spend, spend your way out of financial trouble!
    Until the creditors roll up, demanding their due.

  23. Leftists collectively are deeply unhappy people. Every one of their political ideas would change the world beyond recognition because they hate it as it is.

    Leftists hate themselves; which is why they want to change things, in the hope that they might hate themselves less.

  24. nfw

    No wonder Anthony has been reluctant to talk about politicians and public servants being with us all in this together about taking pay cuts, he’s been busy thinking about blowing other people’s money, again. This indicates the end is nigh if Anthony I’m Still Being Paid a Motza Albo can start talking like this and not worry about the 36 million dead Australians forecast by Neil Where are My Trousers Fergusson’s GIGO machine. Although if it’s run today it could be 100 million by the end of the week.

  25. I’ve got 24 million shovel ready projects;
    massive swingeing spending and tax cuts, accompanied with regulation cuts.

    Get out of the way and let it rip.

  26. Tim Neilson

    Bad Samaritan
    #3449782, posted on May 11, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    I can’t help being suspicious of a strategy which seems to depend on rectangles of orange plastic with John Flynn’s portrait on them representing some sort of real accretion to society’s available resources.

    Especially when it’s going to be administered by Jim Charmless or Prince JoFry.

  27. ProfessorFred Lenin

    The very responsible politicians in government dont “print more money” the follow the “Quantative Easing ” path,sounds better , bit like “its more complicated than that ,”whenyou have no answer to a question . They merely make more money avaiable that doesnt really exist , paying interest with money that doesnt exist on a debt that doesnt exist ,hope that helps you all understand that its more complo]icated that that .

  28. Squirrel

    The truly disturbing thought is that Albanese and Morrison might find common ground on high speed rail – they’re both obviously committed to the Big Australia ponzi economy, and high speed rail is about enabling that, and opening up mouth-watering opportunities for real estate profiteering and tax harvesting.

  29. Roger W

    Look, don’t play with an economic illiterate – so it is a mix of printing money and creative accounting?

  30. Ray Hughes

    what is worrying me coming to this site is the total ignorance of how lucky we are here in Australia, if we had the death toll in Spain Italy UK USA and even in Sweden would you all be happy? How many people have to die of “Flu” as some call it for it to be acceptable , I have had the flu jab , you kow the one they do have, but I have not yet had the Covid flu jab, because there is not one available, If it is nothing to worrry about why dont you all volunteer to work in a Covid hotspot at the front line. I for one do not want to stopped going to a funeral of my wife or my sons or my friends before I have to, I accept the risks of living, but I dont accept the ignorance of some commentators here and the contributors who hide behind names like TAFKAS to spout nonsense now and again

  31. what is worrying me coming to this site is the total ignorance of how lucky we are here in Australia, if we had the death toll in Spain Italy UK USA and even in Sweden would you all be happy?

    A rare glimpse of common sense appears on this weird and wonderful site!
    My faith in human nature is restored……

  32. Lee

    Good on you two.
    You can both self-isolate then.
    But don’t you dare tell the rest of us how to run our lives!

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