Green Party leader Russel Norman says New Zealand needs to redesign its economy to live within nature's limits, and get away from its dependence on get-rich-quick schemes.
I'm not sure what get-rich -schemes Russel means, but I can only assume that as we are only truly dependant on farming, it is the 150 odd years of developing our farming industry that he refers to- generation after generation toiling away, making small incremental improvements against the back drop of weather patterns, fluctuating commodity prices, interest rate hikes and everything else thrown at them.Real get rich quick stuff.
Speaking at the party's annual meeting this morning, Dr Norman said a Green-led Government's spending would be comparatively moderate compared to what?, and much of it would come from repealing expenditure on motorways and tax cuts.
While Greens have focused in recent months on proving their economic credentials, Dr Norman's speech returned to the importance of preserving the environment.
"Our environment is our economy... and within our lifetimes, a smart, green economy will be the only economy still working.
Can anyone tell me what a smart green economy actually is? Is it the opposite of a dumb green economy?
The words roll of the tongue very easily but if the Greens want us all to live in some degree of comfort then I for one would welcome some actual detail.
"There are so many sane, economic, self-interested reasons for a clean green exporter and tourist destination like New Zealand to fight to protect its natural heritage. And I am happy to argue for this on economic grounds any day of the week."
He said National was trying to grow its way out of structural problems by investing in risky schemes such as fossil fuels, asset sales and dairy intensification.
I guess the Arabs would truly understand the folly of investing in high risk fossil fuel schemes.
Apparently flying fossil fueled planeloads of tourists halfway around the world is just fine as long as someone else is drilling the hole. The Greens would have more credibility if the demanded that all tourists must arrive via sailing ship.
Greens would instead rebalance the economy by investing in clean technology
This technology will come anyway as the market decides , it won't require some inept green government picking the winners and throwing our dollars into the pot.
and ensuring that state education was of a high-quality.
"Educating our kids isn't a get rich quick scheme, it's get rich slow scheme, an investment that is sure to last."
We have a great education system but the greens have done more than most to stuff up of what all education systems need- discipline and an ability to cull useless teachers.
The party would be "courageous" in introducing a capital gains tax to encourage investment into other productive sectors.
More bollocks - what the hell is the "other" sector because they intend on shutting them all down.
It would also introduce a price on carbon Don't you mean tax
and temporary earthquake levy to help rebuild Christchurch.
Dr Norman said the Government had been short-sighted in giving out $14 billion in tax cuts in the last four years, mostly to higher income earners.
He was also critical of National's $12 billion investment in motorways.
"At a time of record high oil prices, the National Party is locking us into our cars. The IMF's most recent forecasts are for oil prices to double permanently over the next decade.
"There are smarter ways to invest $14 billion, like world-class buses, trains, and ferries, and by making walking and cycling safer everywhere. And we'd still have plenty of change left over to pay down debt."
The greens problem is that they would happily throw $14 billion into their pet dreams but would destroy the productivity that would be required to fund it. Roads are the lifelines of efficiency. Make them as efficient as possible and let the free market work out how to run vehicles cleanly.
Yesterday, co-leader Metiria Turei spoke of Government's failure to protect women and children, and called for a cross-party consensus on fighting child poverty.
Child poverty is emotional crap. The issue is adult wealth. Adult wealth comes from hard work, discipline and responsibility.
A lower standard of living for all is the ultimate outcome of Green policy. It is an oxymoron to demand one day that we must somehow make children richer and the next take away the ability to give them the true riches they deserve.
Welcome to the world of the Fruitloops.
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