The Liberals, with their one answer for everything (cut services to the poor!) are using the apparent problem caused by the strong dollar (“a $10 billion revenue shortfall”) to demand that the government do what they always want:
Opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb says the Government needs to drastically rein in spending.
“They have to start showing some courage so we are living within our means,” he said. He says it is a big test for the Government. “I can’t recall one hard political decision this Government has made,” he said. “Today is the opportunity where they can take pressure off interest rates, help families and help small businesses. The cuts need to be serious and they need to be politically difficult.”
Oh yes, if you believe the Liberals, the only solution to housing affordability/interest rates is, again, cutting public services.
What other problems do the Liberals think can be solved by slashing the public services on which the poor rely, in order to enable the rich to pay low taxes? The drought? Global warming? Crime? Unemployment? The war in Afghanistan? Traffic jams? The difficulty of getting your purchases out of that stupid hard plastic anti-theft packaging without cutting yourself?
I imagine if Andrew Robb spills his tea in the morning he blames the Labor government’s spending on the poor. Damn them and their inability to make “politically difficult” decisions just because they have fundamentally different priorities to us! Now I’m going to have to change my tie!
PS If the high dollar is reducing revenue from company taxes, isn’t it also increasing our ability to pay our overseas debt?