||Issue No. 305||05 May 2006|
Contract With Australia
Interview: Out of the Bedroom
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
Legal: The Fantasy of Choice
Politics: Labor Pains
Economics: Economics and the Public Purpose
Corporate: House of Horrors
History: Clash Of Cultures
International: Childs Play
Culture: Folk You Mate!
Review: Last Holeproof Hero
The Locker Room
Oh Happy Day
Who do you trust to keep interest rates low?
Certainly not the king of diamonds.
What laughably passes as the leadership of this country has made great claim at being great managers of the economy.
Which makes wonderful sense if the economy doesn't include working people, those with a mortgage, the elderly, the halt, the sick and the lame.
Whether of not Peter Costello is any good at managing the economy for people like you and I is another question entirely, and current indications appear to show he is about as competent as a drunken surgeon.
You would think that a prudent treasurer would be keen to invest in this country, but not Peter Costello. As long as he can keep running the place as a third world country, with the sort of debt that would make a problem gambler blush, he seems to be happy.
Well, not so much happy, as overjoye3d.
Costello featured on the front page of the papers this week doing his 'Oh What A Feeling' routine after putting to bed a budget that looks like it will make Attila The Hun look like a nation builder.
This clown likes to crow about his surplus's, without acknowledging they have been built on the back of kicking kids, destroying education, gutting training in the midst of a skills crisis, booting the sick, taking a baseball bat to single mums and flogging cripples back into nthe workforce.
And for this he is grateful.
Costello has all the warmth of a sociopath, with none of the charm. The damage this drongo has done to this country is best measured in the accelerating rates of bankruptcy, failed mortgages, runaway household debt and increasing strain on household budgets.
Out there in the real world people know that the boom that never happened has long been over for working people.
Housing affordability is a joke, especially in Sydney, the job market is great vif you're an incompetent CEO, but full of dodgy individual contracts that cut conditions for everyone else.
For many working families the price of petrol, groceries, and now, mortgage repayments, is a weekly mountain to climb.
Things are great, assures our Tool Of The Week, we've never had it so good.
If things keep getting better like this we'll be living in corrugated iron humpies by Christmas.
Luckily our Tool Of The Week is so out of touch he believes his own spin. The bloke with no economics credentials would like us to believe he is a sage economic manager, when his only foray into the business world, when he used his law degree to attack working people, even sent the businesses he worked for broke.
There was a time when Costello was touted as the next Prime Minister. Luckily this idea is so laughable that even the cocaine-addled stockbrokers that populate the caring side of the Liberal Party can't get their man taken seriously.
He can now go down as Mr 0.25%, the man who tried the boiling frog experiment on the Australian public, slowly trying to boil us in ever increasing interest rates. The man who never had a clue. A sad figure that placed his faith in his own ego above his concern for the bleeding obviouys.
And now, it comes to this.
Remember, when the budget comes down next week, that the man guiding it, this intellectual and moral husk of a man, is sinking. Time is overtaking him.
The only thing about him that is increasing in stature is his qualities as a tool.
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