Friday, 6 May 2016

Labor's aims at us mere mortals for support in budget reply

It's the gov's own fault. Three years of it. Abbott clobbering us people who dare to exist in poverty (it's all our fault apparently) and, do nothing parrot Turnbull who simply carried on from Abbott as he framed a budget aimed at the well off and fuck us poor. The gov has unwittingly, through it's own ideological efforts to change Australia, made this election about corporations vs common Australians (ie. us mere mortals who don't get to breath the rarefied atmosphere in those corporate towers).

Yes, much of this is a bit like a cartoon, or some interesting movie. How real or not it all is in the real world isn't the point. The fact is that Turnbull and Abbott have given the population the undoubted perception that they are for the big end of town. Out dated and disproved Reaganomic trickle down. They actually think we're still going to swallow that bullshit. The disappointment with Turnbull is palpable as people realise he may not be Tony Abbott but he sure is acting like he is. 

Shorten and Labor have taken this meme in the last three years and run with it. Now competetive and even getting a nose in front nationally, Labor has cemented this election as being about a David and Goliath struggle between us serfs now in the mood to revolt against the corporate oligarchs. 
A massive $71 billion in budget savings has been identified by Bill Shorten as the Labor leader carved out an alternative budget position ahead of the federal election to be called at the weekend. 

In a bold move aimed at burnishing Labor's economic management credentials, politically wedging the government against its own base, and retaining the revenue needed to propose higher spending in health and education, Mr Shorten has used his official budget reply speech to: 
  • reject the centrepiece of Scott Morrison's budget, the so-called enterprise tax cuts 
  • reject the retrospective elements of Mr Morrison's superannuation reforms 
  • propose keeping the 2 per cent temporary deficit repair levy on people earning more than $180,000 
  • unveil a $6 billion, 10-year spending cut - Labor's single biggest to date - in the form of an $8000 per year cap on loans for students to study at private colleges. 
Claiming that "three-quarters of Australian workers won't receive any tax relief" under the government's formula, Mr Shorten said Labor would stand up for these people while rejecting outright the suggestion he was engaging in "class war". 

"It is not 'class war' to disagree with cutting money from families on fifty and sixty thousand dollars in order to give millionaires a tax break," he told Parliament. The Age