“I’ve not merely stolen their fox, I’ve eviscerated it, strangled it, and thrown it into their back garden.”
That’s how Cullen described his last budget.
So comforting to know that our finance minister thinks of himself as the political equivalent of the local psycho teenage bully.
Cullen always delivers his budget in a new suit. Let’s hope his next one is a nice white one with room to match (figuratively speaking)!
Today Michael Cullen tried to imply that John Key’s employment in Merrill-Lynch meant that, because that company failed 8 years after he left, he was unfit to be PM.
Frankly, when Key called this for what it was – pitiful – I don’t think I’ve ever seen the guy with a wider grin. Key normally has a good grin, but he was laughing so hard at this bizare and desperate attack I was worried that he would require medical treatment.
In other news, several students failed an Otago chemistry* paper this year, meaning that Cullen must now resign as finance minister if he expects to maintain his personal integrity.
*Cullen was a history lecturer
1. My biggest thought to night is that perhaps this budget will make people realize that, even with massive amounts of money at it’s disposal, government can not do everything. Schools for example are complaining that they are still going to raise vast amounts of money to run their operations.
Remember, the $10,800,000,000 being spent is extra money. We have roads and hospitals, schools and police already. This is money over and above that which was just fine to run these last year, which was a vast increase on the year before anyway.
Sadly, it’s days like these that make people think they depend on the government to give them stuff. “What did you get from the budget”?
I got nothing – but the government’s going to take less of what I have. Oh wait, I did get a sinking feeling when I realized that Cullen was willing to sacrifice the financial health of our government to prop up his own parties failing fortunes.
2. The last two budgets have had massive surprises in them. When National left power, they had already put in place the Fiscal Responsibility act, the effect of which was to make sure that there were few if any surprises in the budget. What happened to that?
3. Continuing on from the end of point 1, why were we surprised? I think we all deep down believed Cullen when he talked about being a responsible guy with the county’s purse strings, about how he didn’t want to go into debt.
Turns out, Labour’s view on financial responsibility is exactly the same as their position on free speech – another thing to chuck out when the public starts to look at casting their votes for someone else. Yet, they are the first to open up with all guns when their opponents do something that might be construed that way.
Wikipedia articles on Clark and Cullen are terrible, they read like they’re written by the party, with just enough given to keep them within acceptable wikipedia practice. Cullen’s looks like it’s about 5 years old when people thought he’s be ok for business, and makes no reference at all to give tax cuts.
Clark’s has all of two sentences on recent scandals, buried in the middle of the ” Controversies” section – it should go in the end and be a lot longer.
I was expecting more from the article on the election scandals. It’s not better, it’s terrible. At least the other are polished, abiet professionally written by Labour hacks. It reads a whole lot like it was written by Labour – I mean, the EB are hardly so important to be right at the top?
Finally found the quote I was looking for last week.
Contrast this with our current government:
George Washington, who took pride in his self-control, lost his temper completely when someone told him that a decision he was going to make could cost him re-election as President. He blew up at the suggestion that he wanted to be President, rather than serving as a duty when he would rather be back home.
Actually, I believe this would better describe that oh-so-evil government we had during the 90s. You know the one, the one that put us through boot camp so Labour could take all the credit when we came out fighting fit.
The opening line in the article made me think of something I realised the other day:
I don’t make a million dollars a year but I think every member of Congress should be paid at least that much. It’s not because those turkeys in Washington deserve it. It’s because we deserve a lot better people than we have in Congress.
Here’s what: Helen, and for that matter, Cullen, are now both earning the most they ever have.
Brash and his likely replacement Key, gave up more that these two put together to get their current jobs.
Just shows you how much credit we should give the concept of these guys being bought off.