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Flood levy – media wins big again

Now I personally am against the flood levy…I reckon the Government should be able to extend the deficit to cover the flood damage, but as I am not a complete moron I understand why they have done it this way.

Basically the whole situation is lose-lose-lose for the Government no matter which option they choose, so they chose the least worst option.

If they under-spent on the clean-up the Opposition and their media cheer squad would be up in arms about how the Government doesn’t care about Qld and only about their precious budget surplus.

If they spent too much on the clean-up they would say that they are favouring Qld and why should the reset of the country be disadvantaged.

If they cut services to pay for it they would be seen as not caring about Australian citizens.  If they cut some of the bigger projects like NBN they would be seen as not having the guts to proceed with their own vision.  You see where I’m going with this?

As it is they took the option with the least long term political damage.  A one-off levy that will be done and dusted by the next election, instead of a potential deficit which they know they will be beaten over the head with every single day by the OzTrollian.

Which brings me to the media.  They have been remarkably restrained over the past few weeks, generally sticking to reporting actual news, so their need to sensationalise and skew has been building to a head and finally they have their outlet…the flood levy.

As you can imagine they have completely lost their minds and are pushing the outrage-o-meter to 27.  Every outlet is running their own dinky poll and treating the results as the undisputable will of the people…despite the fact the died in the wool NIMBYs and outrageoholics are the only ones taking this poll seriously.

I think it hit a new low (I know…big call considering its this early in the piece) this morning when when I saw Channel 7’s finance “genius” Kochie try to whip up even more of a frenzy by claiming that the Government had a slush fund sitting their more than capable of paying for the rebuilding.  They had “Black Hole” Joe on pushing the Liberal viewpoint that Labor levy = bad but Liberal levy = good, and all these carpenters and electricians on the BER and NBN should be doing the rebuild instead.  OK, massive reality disconnect there but we’ll let that slide because it’s Joe and that’s all he knows.

Then the PM came on and I don’t think I have ever seen a more disrespectful and just plain rude episode when talking to the leader of our country.  He raised the point about the “slush fund” as he continued to call it and Julia went about dismantling his argument completely, stating that it was used as a contingency for cost overruns for ALL government programs, including non-essential items like Medicare and the PBS.  She completely pwned him on this and he didn’t like it one bit.  When he continued to call it a slush fund she pulled him up short and gave it to him in no uncertain terms.  As you can expect he didn’t like this one little bit then proceed to interrupt and talk over the rest of her conversation in a feeble attempt to recover some ground.

He was basically shown to be the amateur he is.

Now this is only a microcosm of what can expect for the next couple of weeks at least, but you get the gist…the media has a new bone to worry at and won’t let it go come hell or high water…or inconvenient facts.

One last thing I thought I’d bring up is the staggering amount of people who are so ill-informed (way to go media!!!) that they think the money from the federal government means they didn’t need to donate.  The money from the Premier’s flood appeal and those other charitable donations will be primarily going to the people affected by the floods.  the money from the Federal Government will be going towards fixing vital infrastructure damaged…there is a massive difference.

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  1. Bilko
    January 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    another spot on spray. At work yesterday our boss talking on the phone to her boss and having a rant about the levy and she votes labor lives down the coast where her vote is lost amoungst all the retirees. Talk about tripe all me and bugger everyone else, thank god she is back to working on line next week, no NBN there for her yet, and I do not have to hear her whine. One of the blogs had Howards speech on one of his many levies and Julia should read it back in Parliament next week with just a few changes inserting references to QLD as required, and watch the faces opposite. I would pop in just for the pleasure.

  2. January 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    It’s amazing the sheer hypocrisy of it all.
    What steams my turnip the most is these idiots saying that next time they won’t donate is the government is going to make it mandatory. I can’t believe people are so stupid as to not know the difference between charitable donations to directly help people and government funds to rebuild infrastructure…because I’m pretty sure that $50 from Fred down the street won’t pave much street.

  3. BSA Bob
    January 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Well sprayed, Sir!
    It gets straight to what I feel is the most important & lasting issue here, which is, of course, that this Government WILL be pilloried no matter what it does.
    There’s a 1975 joke that still cuts it; If Gough Whitlam had walked across the surface of Lake Burley Griffin, the press headlines would scream “Whitlam can’t swim!!!!!”. Those times are returning.
    Plus the amount of utterly misinformed comment is astounding. It worries me that some of these people are presumably allowed to drive cars.

    • January 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      Thanks Bob…though those times were never too far away.
      The really big problem I see is that the ALP are too afraid to give them even a hint of ammunition and so are failing us dismally.
      They should channel a bit of PJK and absolutely stick it to them about not reporting the correct info.
      Ah…in a perfect world maybe.

      Also I’d be more worried about these people being allowed to procreate than driving cars….

  4. Feral Skeleton
    February 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    When you consider how many failed business ventures David Koch has been involved in, all you can say is that, ‘as a businessman, he makes a great TV presenter’.
    As the whole ‘Sunrise’ schtick is an insult to the intelligence of any adults in the room, I do my best to avoid it. That Mel character drives me up the wall and down the other side with her obviously feigned ‘zaniness’. She makes me want to put my finger down my throat and vomit all over the TV screen, but I have too much respect for my TV. Nevertheless, for some unknown reason which probably has a lot to do with the global trend to dumb down the population of countries so as to manipulate them easier, this show is popular with the punters and thus poor Julia is condemned to have to go on it and put up with the sneering condescencion of the pond scum who hosts it.

    • February 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      I know what you mean…my missus likes it so we have it on in the morning, but the only one worth listening to is Natalie Barr.
      She seems to have the appropriate cynical outlook and isn’t as obviously a controversy hound the others are.

  1. January 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM

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