Economy damaged by the people who believe Tony Abbott

If it wasn’t harming the rest of us so much, you’d almost feel sorry for them:

CONSUMER confidence has slumped to recessionary levels and confidence among Coalition voters is near the lowest on record…

Confidence among Coalition voters has slipped from an encouraging 110.2 a year ago to a bleak 74.9, the lowest result the Melbourne Institute was able to find in easily assessable records.

That’s what happens when you believe Tony Abbott and listen to right-wing talk radio. You become scared, you jump at shadows, you think any small tax is going to DESTROY THE ECONOMY and SEND YOU TO RUIN, even though at the most basic level you know you’ve survived much bigger ones in the past (say, the GST). And by refusing to participate in the economy, you actually do damage it. Which you then blame on everyone else.

It’s amazing how successful as a political strategy sabotaging the country can be. Tony terrifies the gullible into thinking disaster is looming and the gullible then make it happen. Which ultimately makes Tony look right, and could conceivably propel him to government – of a country he’s selfishly wrecked, of an economy he’s done everything he can to undermine, of people whose well-being he’s deliberately sacrificed, in order to get there. What strength! What fortitude! What a friend of the working Australian!

Makes me want to vote for him, anyway. This kind of cunning at our expense should be rewarded, shouldn’t it?

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11 responses to “Economy damaged by the people who believe Tony Abbott

  1. Mr. Abbott might be the one rewarded. We will be the ones that pay the price.

  2. What I don’t understand is why isn’t somebody from the government coming out and saying this? Surely they need to go on the attack and start blaming Abbott (rightfully) for his share of this loss of consumer confidence. But why aren’t they?

    Everything else aside, this government has to be the worst at selling its policies and going on the attack of any I’ve seen. They just sit back and let this crap go on and on, and by the time they get around to saying something the damage has been done. Just like with the Malaysia “solution”, they allow themselves to be backed into a corner they can’t get out of.

    They even had two weeks of Abbott-lessness where they could have saturated the media to sell the carbon tax, but nothing. Why not?

  3. Well, to be fair to the government, I think they have argued something like this – but it’s just ignored by the commercial media… and even the ABC, which seems nowadays to mainly run News Ltd talking points.

  4. narcoticmusing

    Three words: Self Fulfilling Prophesy.

  5. Splatterbottom

    This is an outrage! Just because the government is running up huge deficits with wasted expenditure and adopting policies which cannot possibly achieve their intended outcome but will damage the economy, it doesn’t mean that the opposition has a right to point this out. In fact it is a crime if they do.

    And you know all that stuff about our unsustainable consumerist society? Forget about it – consumerism is every citizen’s patriotic duty.

  6. narcoticmusing

    So, SB, you don’t think it was irresponsible for Joyce to claim we would soon be insolvent?

  7. Splatterbottom

    Narcotic, I don’t know which particular statement of Joyce’s you are referring to. I do recall how his opponents snickered and brayed when he suggested the possibility of a US default. Swan and Rudd mocked him at the time, and unsurprisingly neither has the decency to apologise now. I’ll definitely think twice before writing off any of his comments.

    By the way my point was more about the hysterical little campaign to stop the opposition doing its job than an attempt to defend every statement they make.

  8. SB @ 4:50pm

    Just because the government is running up huge deficits with wasted expenditure..

    The deficits are not huge and the wastage is well within acceptable standards. Even economic illiterates can see this. By OECD standards, we’re laughing it in.

    …adopting policies which cannot possibly achieve their intended outcome…

    I assume you’re talking about the Carbon Tax. As a temporary part of a system designed to reduce carbon emissions, I think there is every possibility that it will succeed. Of course, nothing is for sure.

    …but will damage the economy.

    Bollocks.
    You have no evidence for this, especially when you factor in the help for trade exposed industries.
    Most economists agree that a Carbon Tax that transitions to an ETS will create jobs and revenues from the financial services sector and renewable industries.
    The new jobs will more than offset the job losses from businesses whose time has come.
    Equally, moves to price carbon have sent the much sought after signals to the market that Australia is ready for investment.
    We’ve already seen the proof of this with the $5 billion (yes, that’s a ‘b’) takeover of MacArthur Coal by the American owned Peabody Energy.
    There was also another big investment which escapes me right now and, as my wife is calling me to the table, I’ll leave it for others to recall.

    Despite all of your hyperbole and misinformed comment, I do agree that we should always be allowed to criticise our Governments.
    I was seriously dismayed by the way in which dissent regarding the Iraq war was treated as something akin to treason in some countries.
    Having said that, in this instance, those doing the criticising are politicians motivated by a desire for power.
    The best way they know to acheive their goals is by trying to destroy a legally formed government.
    And the best way they know of doing that seems to be by trying to destroy, or at least damage, the country and then blame it on the other mob.

    Cheers.

  9. “The best way they know to achieve their goals is by trying to destroy a legally formed government.”

    There’s your born to rule mentality at work. The only important thing is seizing power at all costs.

    If Labor hadn’t had the impertinence to win the last two elections, Tony wouldn’t have had to try to wreck the place. Any harm caused by this massive right wing political tantrum is the necessary collateral damage for “fixing” the country, and entirely the fault of the Labor party.

  10. Splatterbottom

    Marek: “The deficits are not huge and the wastage is well within acceptable standards. Even economic illiterates can see this. By OECD standards, we’re laughing it in.”

    Yep. That certainly looks like something an economic illiterate would see. And sure, by US or Greek or Spanish or Irish or Portuguese or Italian standards our debt is low. But, as you know, PIIGS don’t fly. Australia should not join them in their misguided quest.

    “The new jobs will more than offset the job losses from businesses whose time has come.”

    The required subsidy is hundreds of thousands of dollars per job. $700k in the case of Spain. Sooner or later the unicorn farms will go broke and the carcasses burned.

    “especially when you factor in the help for trade exposed industries.”

    This is like shooting someone but telling them a doctor is on the way to try to patch them up.

    “I was seriously dismayed by the way in which dissent regarding the Iraq war was treated as something akin to treason in some countries.”

    My view was that we should not have gone in as the UN didn’t sanction the action. Once we were in I took the view that we should hang around to fix the mess or at least install a viable system of government. Some of the “dissent” was over the top, characterising foreign terrorists who came to Iraq at a time as freedom-fighters, and spewing hatred for the CoW.

    “The best way they know to acheive their goals is by trying to destroy a legally formed government.”

    What on earth do you mean by this. Our system of government involves all sorts of tactics whereby oppositions seek to destroy the government at election time and on the floor of the house. It is called democracy. I don’t see how robust debate harms the country. If you want to see something really sick look at Greens candidate Clive Hamilton’s views on the desirability of suspending the democratic process to ensure his favoured policies are imposed on the Australian people.

  11. self fulfilling prophesy, thanks tony and joe.

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