Be genuinely productive.
If I were Bill English, here's how I would shape Budget 2010.
I would put the country onto a 'war footing.' Yes, it is that serious.
That means an IMMEDIATE end to all government spending which might be nice but not necessary.
A previous post already has outlined the approach to spending on tertiary education but here are a few extra features:-
1.Undergraduates who fail to pass year one with at least a 50% average mark will be denied entry to year two.
2. Those who fail to pass the first two years exams with an average pass mark of 60% will be denied entry to year three. And so on.
3. In case dear readers think this is a bit drastic, these are the conditions upon which Adolf accepted entry to Lincoln University in 1967.
4. For as long as the country is running fiscal deficits, Universities will be instructed to accept no new entrants for courses in humanities, political studies, sociology or any other favorites of the non productive sector.
5. Rules 1 and 2 will apply to all existing undergraduates.
6. Student Union fees will be made voluntary.
Radio NZ will be advised its budget will be reduced immediately by 50% until such time as the nation returns to fiscal surplus. It will be advised to play recorded music during the day and restrict its 'live content' to news broadcasts and genuine current affairs commentary from recognised observers. Thus, left wing talkfests masquerading under the grand titles of 'Nine to Noon' or 'The Panel' can be dispensed with. The nation will not wilt as a result.
TVNZ simply will no longer receive government funding. It will not be sold or privatised. It will either perform commercially or it will go broke. Which is as life should be and is for us ordinary folk who actually work for a living.
Unemployment beneficiaries who have been on the dole for twelve months or more will be given six months notice of benefit cessation. Productive Task Force Green projects will soak up the labour of those who wish to work rather than starve. Even if it means grubbing gorse up behind Gisborne. Those under the age of thirty will be offered the option of military service and training.
Core Public Service
Government departments will be required to reduce their numbers of 'policy advisers' and 'communications advisers' within six months to 20% of the 2008 levels. All consultancy projects will require ministerial approval and none will be allocated to previous employees of the respective departments.
Education (non tertiary)
All schools will be bulk funded and teachers will be paid according to merit and performance.
Department of Conservation
Departmental budget reduced by 50%. Prioritise, chaps. Just learn to prioritise.
All parliamentary expenditure will be bulk funded with actual expenditure pegged at 50% of the total expenditure for 2008/2009.
By hell, I've only just started and I've got us back into surplus by 2011.
Well, that was before Helen Clark's friend Barack Obama and his European mates clobbered our dairy industry with their selfish subsidies. This move alone will cost New Zealand well over a billion dollars and possibly two billion each year.
Adolf heard of the first farm suicide last week. A young dairy farmer with a family and too much debt for the prevailing conditions. He was fine just six months ago.
It really IS war. He and his family are the first casualties.
Federated Farmers should send the body bag to the White House.