So now we might need a “levy” for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In some ways, if people thought taxes for funding society were still worth it (as opposed to the new model of “everyone for themselves and screw the rest of you”) we wouldn’t need this. But the levy model comes about because every single bit of taxation now needs to be linked to it’s need — unless we’re talking war or refugee internment camps of course. Wish we’d had an Iraq war or Pacific solution levy, that’s for sure!
And our further enslavement to the economy is continuing with much speed. Peter Costello declares today he “delivered surpluses“, not that he delivered full employment or strong growth (or heaven forbid, a happy and prosperous population). Having a surplus is now the goal — not a residual outcome of good policy, but the actual policy goal in itself. And both sides have fallen for this, which makes it all the more nauseating.
Where is our Paul Krugman? The world economy continues to be depressed (due mostly now to a whole host of disastrous decisions), so to insist we have to cut spending now to achieve a magic surplus is misguided verging on insane, when we really should be focusing on stable economic growth and staving off the problems of the rest of the world (that still haven’t affected us).
Labor’s biggest problem on this one is that they can’t articulate their own successes, and by falling for the surplus obsession, they’ve set themselves up to fail on their own terms, let alone anyone else’s…
In a society and a system where everything gets bigger — where prices go up, wages go up, consumption goes up, the economy goes up, why is it that the only thing we’ve decided should always go down is taxes? And just who do we think we are benefiting from this short-sightedness anyway?
Here’s a new one: Don’t cut my taxes!
I want society to be funded sufficiently. I want schools, hospitals, roads and bridges, and other civic institutions to be funded well, to allow a strong standard of living for all and an equal opportunity to start life for our nation’s young people.
I am sick of the selfishness. Every time we cut taxes we send the signal that it’s every person for themselves, that no one needs to fund the building blocks of society, and people should increasingly only look out for themselves. And in a variety of areas, we’re seeing the results of this.
So you know, I might not love having my taxes raised (but even that has to be necessary sometimes in our ever expanding society), but I certainly don’t see why they need to be cut!
So try saying that next time: Don’t cut my taxes!
1. Try not to think about it too much right now… it’s all rough going
2. I may be left-leaning with ideology, but the left party isn’t doing much for me in practice. Therefore, like the ideology, hate the practice
3. But as for the right, I can hate them in ideology and in practice!
4. Ignore mainstream media news. I read enough anyway.
(So really, how would I make Charlie Cotter say this, I wonder?)
Well… that was an experience I’m still winding down from. Because of my complete lack of bedroom TV reception I watched the News 24 web stream, and realised halfway through that it was about 2-minutes behind the Twitter feed!
No matter… there wasn’t much too it really. Not particularly substantial, really. Christopher Pyne was as nauseating as ever, and Peter Garrett was eager, but somehow so underwhelming.
There were way too many man asking questions and too few women. They seemed to favour “experts” rather than regular people, though a handful of teachers and students did get in there, though alas not anyone I know online.
When I really get into these things I start to Tweet furiously, and tonight was no exception. Lots to say, plenty of anger, but no, it didn’t really amount to much.
And now I can go back to ignoring Q&A again… it’s not a show format I enjoy.
A silly day of news, with UK police having someone brought in by Batman, followed by worldwide media obsession until the guy was unmasked by the end of the day. Imagine how Bruce Wayne would have fared with that attention? And really, showing how easy it is to provoke media obsession should probably get this guy a job in any PR firm in the world!
And apparently all Australian politicians can do is bicker about foreigners, and declare each other to be the more xenophobic. And then make each attack more personal than the last. And basically behave like school children. So depressing I don’t even want to link to their behaviour…
So another Monday night and another Q & A torrent of chatter on Twitter. I have watched it from time to time but usually I just don’t both — it’s televised political theatre, it’s the Crossfire debacle that Jon Stewart complained about years ago, the competition where everyone yells the loudest, even on Twitter.
But next week is on education, which brings out Peter Garrett but unfortunately Christopher Pyne as well. But I really wonder if anyone will have a clue what they’re talking about, and whether they would dare invite a real teacher to be on the panel as well? Believe me, I could recommend a few.
And I wonder if another insight into Coalition education policy will make me reconsider future options…
I think the overwhelming pressure in society now (and maybe always, I can’t always decide), is to be stupid. Be an idiot. Society wants you to be a mindless consumer, to read stupid shit newspapers, watch stupid shit on TV and either think nothing about the things that matter, or just parrot the stupid shit you saw in other places.
Can tell I had a good day, can’t you! Really, it wasn’t that bad, but there’s a lot of things acting to just make things complicated right now. All the really important stuff is good (family and personal health), but boy haven’t a lot of other things become complicated…
Two things, this news piece:
As if the “let anyone shoot in parks from March” thing isn’t bad enough, this is just insane, sorry. Are we just handing ourselves over to an American-style gun lobby or what? It really seems like people will be killed with this move, because no matter how much any given group of gun owners thinks they’re safe, I can guarantee that a good percentage of them won’t be! Add kids to the mix… even worse.
If people want to do this shooting, they can do it on private land or private shooting ranges. That’s it. Anything else is bullshit, and a danger to the public.
Then there was a small debate online at work — about IT deployment in schools, the nature of support and the “approved” technology, and this whole thing just gets me again. It’s not life or death, but it’s serious for my professional attitude, and professional future.
I can’t stand the attitude of “corporate” IT that prefers to dictate “standards” to staff and lord control over them. This is an old and flawed model. People have taken control of their IT, and if IT departments want to have any future at all, they need to work with their users and help the users achieve their goals, not continue to think they can dictate to them. Anything else is a waste of time.
My professional attitude is that I will help you solve the problem you need to solve, to educate how you think it is best done, and to give students the best experience possible. IT departments are stuck in a 90s attitude (at best) and with lower budgets and changing models there needs to be different tools considered. This will mean iPads and other tablets now, and hopefully Chromebooks and similar tools in the future, just for starters. Still waiting for our Google Apps implementation… if this doesn’t get along I feel as if I’ll just set up ourselves!
Still, it’s about being proactive and helping the people you’re here to help, not telling them what to do.
I’d been having a pretty good day today. Students at swimming carnival, quiet all round, plenty of chance to get things done. Then you get some crazy work crap happen and it all goes to hell.
It seems to have sorted itself out now, but I’ll just say that yes, it was reported fairly widely, and no, it was not anything personally about me. But it affected my work and everyone else in the state who does my work.
Nothing much else to say really. Not happy with it at all.
I honestly don’t understand “swing voters”. You don’t have enough political principles to know where to stand? You think things change that much? You feel that your principles will be improved by sending the message of voting for the complete opposite of those principles? Or you just have no interest in politics at all and vote purely for whichever leader gives you a nicer feeling at the polling booth? (I’m tipping the latter).
Lets be personal about this. There’s no secret about which side of the political spectrum I fall on. And the other side, in no guise I’ve seen ever, holds the slightest interest for me at all, or holds any position I find appealing. But aspects of what “ny side” are doing are not where I”d like them to be either. So what do I do? Abandon my principles and vote for the other side as some kind of “protest”? (and make sure the opposite of what I believe in is enacted?)
Or go further in the opposite direction for a minor party, one that may have more influence, or conversely less influence, for a whole host of reasons. Always with the feeling that a minor party will always be exactly that — minor.
These are not good times, politically and socially speaking (to be honest, in a more personal sense, they’re wonderful ) but we shall all make it through somehow. Glad to be in a world with opportunities — for me at least.