This from Burt:
"I was talking to my brother today, asking him if he's into Kiwisaver. He isn't earning a lot and he currently can't afford to put 4% aside. We laughed about how the tax he pays on every dollar he earns will be contributing toward my Kiwisaver account. Naturally I thanked him for voting Labour and giving me some of his money."
This from SPC:
"Labour could well have an answer for that in 2008.
A tax cut focused on the lower tax rates (10 cents on the first 10 or 20 thousand) - so those who cannot afford to save their "4%" get it in a tax cut so they can.
Thus low income earners and high income earners then would get the same tax cut amount."This from me:
"Yes, Labour *could* have an answer in 2008 - but won't. The low-paid already vote Labour and don't really have any other option (National sure ain't their friend), so they'll be ignored. Anything Labour hands out will be free gifts to people like me and Burt and middle-class students at the *expense* of the low-paid."
I remember being astounded to get back to NZ from Kuwait, rolling in cash and with a decent salary coming in from my new job, and find that because I had kids I was entitled to welfare! They can call it "Working For Families" all they like, it's still fucking social welfare as far as I'm concerned. Like the interest-free student loans bribe before the 2005 election, it's basically an election bribe to people who already aren't short of a bob or two, paid for by people struggling to make ends meet.
Show some bollocks, Labour - stop trying to bribe well-off middle class voters like me, and do something for the people your party's named for. You could start by making the first $10,000 of earnings tax-free.
NB: Normally I figure Labour gets enough stick from my fellow authors without me adding to it, but I'm feeling particularly grumpy with them right now because of the mailout. Russell Brown's got it well covered.