Stupid question of the day

Presently on news.com.au:

“WHY are households still struggling to make ends meet when we have more cash?”

Gee, I wonder if it has anything to do with the massively increasing gap between wealthy and poor in this country, where the “average” income rises due to the inflated wealth of the people at the top, but simultaneously more people are living on less.

Don’t worry, News didn’t investigate that possibility at all. (Although it did acknowledge that most of this supposed increase in “average” wealth was for those who own real estate and have significant superannuation.)

BONUS STUPID QUESTION: Another reason why Graham Young’s “Online Opinion” has become a complete joke – he publishes the embarrassing droning of dullards. Here’s the bonus stupid question, from that site:

What inspired the government to soften the laws concerning unauthorised boat arrivals in 2008 is anyone’s guess, but it appears that a naïve belief that boat arrivals would not significantly increase as a result was an underlying factor.

“Anyone’s guess”? How moronic would someone have to be – from either side of politics – not to understand “what inspired the government to soften” the cruel (and, it turns out, quite unlawful) Howard government “Pacific Solution”? They would have to have never read anything by anyone advocating for refugees. They would have to have never even considered the possibility that locking up refugees and then sending them overseas to wait indefinitely while their claims were slowly processed could do them any harm, or that anyone could actually care for these people.

I’m surprised anyone who could ask that question has the mental capacity to operate a keyboard for long enough to spew out that sort of drivel.

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8 responses to “Stupid question of the day

  1. narcoticmusing

    Jeremy, quit cloudy the issue with facts – that isn’t how reporting is done these days.

  2. jordanrastrick

    Gee, I wonder if it has anything to do with the massively increasing gap between wealthy and poor in this country, where the “average” income rises due to the inflated wealth of the people at the top, but simultaneously more people are living on less.

    This is incorrect. Its true the incomes of the most wealthy are rising fastest, leading to an increase inequality and hence inflation of the mean income. But real incomes have been rising steadily in Australia across all income brackets for a couple of decades. The rich are getting richer, and the poor [with some exceptions] are also getting richer, but more slowly.

    http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/DBE855896D8CA36DCA2578FB0018533C/$File/65230_2009-10.pdf

    “Households are still struggling to make ends meet when we have more cash” largely because human psychology practically guarantees we always feel ourselves to be under financial stress, regardless of our actual objective circumstances.

  3. narcoticmusing

    Jordan – I’d say the pain you are referring to is based on a reflection of an increase in the standards of living – if the standard of living increases it also costs more so disposable cash, despite increases to gross, ends up being the same.

    I don’t think it is that straight forward though, particularly when you look at the lack of change in the lowest tax bracket (until very recently) and look at the rate of change for welfare payments (youth allowance, for example, has gone some years without even CPI indexation)

  4. Splatterbottom

    Narcotic: “I’d say the pain you are referring to is based on a reflection of an increase in the standards of living – if the standard of living increases it also costs more so disposable cash, despite increases to gross, ends up being the same.”

    I assume you are saying here that people spend their additional cash on a higher standard of living (which means they are better off) but they still feel poor because they have spent their excess cash.

    This headline from the ABC seems slightly at odds with the last paragraph which says:

    “There’s no question that Australians, particularly those on low incomes, they’re feeling the pinch. But when it comes to middle and higher-income households, in particular, there is no cost of living crisis.”

  5. The ABC’s take on the same data is “Spending survey busts struggling families myth”, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-07/household-spending-report-released/2875106

    A great demonstration as to how stupid our media have become that the very same data can be used to both support and refute the same thing, based solely on the idealogical bent of the reporter and/or the news outfit. Just The Facts, Ma’am this ain’t.

    Sadly, this is the only thing the ABC published today that wasn’t right-wing cant. What the heck did they put in the coffee over there this morning?

  6. Doesn’t the ease, or difficulty, of making ends meet depend on how much crap you’ve stuffed between the ends?

    Cheers.

  7. Touché Marek Bage.

    Thanks!
    I’m here all week, try the veal and don’t forget to tip the waitresses.

    Cheers

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