Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Never mind for whom the bell extols ...
(Above: the Sydney Morning Herald on 6th September 2013. Trust? Is that a deposit in Switzerland?)
It is, it should go without saying, all the fault of Tony Abbott.
Much as everything once was Julia Gillard's fault.
If preening bigots can parade their prejudices, why should anyone be surprised when TV executives and billionaires go the boffo boofhead bash?
In fact, in conservative circles, it seems it was just a manly bit of fun, boys settling everything with their dukes. A bit like the old days in Tamworth when the pond's manager relative at Maguires invited patrons to step out the back.
No doubt it's how things will be sorted out with Indonesia ... just go the old biff and teach them a lesson and enough of this blather about diplomacy.
There's also a fair bet that the rising illiteracy in the land can be sheeted home to Abbott:
Thuggish acts extol a price?
What on earth does that mean?
Verb 1. extol - praise, glorify, or honor; "extol the virtues of one's children"; "glorify one's spouse's cooking" (here)
Then shouldn't it read:
Thuggish acts praise glorify, honor and glorify one's spouse's cooking for a price, for most?
No doubt Sheehan - who broke early to crucify David Gyngell in David Gyngell threw his weight around with James Packer (forced video at end of link), without once wondering why the billionaire thought going the biff was the way to respond - wasn't responsible for the header.
He was too busy going the verbal biffo but for the pond it was a verbal assault of the first water, way worse than "the world is fukt" meme that Fairfax gave to the world.
And still they keep coming at Fairfax, lickspittles and craven coat tailers:
So now it's okay for politicians to lie and cheat and make false promises on their way to power. Uh huh. And naturally it follows that once in power it's okay to lie and cheat and make false promises.
That's the thinking of Mark Kenny in Deficit levy: Tony Abbott's broken promise on tax is in the national interest.
That's how widespread drinking the kool aid is these days, just prior to the Jonestown budget massacre.
Let's see how that headline logic works.
Promise not to reduce funding for the ABC. Must be broken in the national interest and to teach the deviates a lesson.
Promise not to reduce funding for SBS. Must be broken in the national interest and because who cares?
Promise not to reduce funding on education. Must be broken in the national interest, because we need students working three jobs and give them a debt that wipes out their first decade of working life.
Promise not to change pensions. Must be broken in the national interest, and besides the old farts should be chained to the wheel for longer and made to work harder. There's nothing like digging a fence post hole or shearing a sheep at 69 to keep them all hale and hearty.
Well it helps explain why a meme is now doing the rounds on the full to overflowing intertubes:
Of course in recent days all sorts of odd bods have come out of the nooks and crannies to point out that Tony Abbott's feeble attempt at class warfare will have minimal effect - and impact on the national budget and so the "national interest" - and you don't get an odder assortment of bods than the likes of Amanda Vanstone, Peter Costello, Peter Reith and John Hewson.
Meanwhile structural reform and serious boondoggles - like the way the rich are rewarded even more in the area of superannuation - disappear over a distant hill.
The pond particularly enjoyed the cut of Sinclair Davidson's jib offering a response to Mark Kenny's red bellied black snake crawling ways:
SINCLAIR DAVIDSON, ECONOMICS PROF., RMIT: My view is very similar to Milton Friedman's dictum that there's nothing more permanent than a temporary government program. So I think this temporary program, this temporary tax is going to be with us for quite some time....
SINCLAIR DAVIDSON: Without a doubt in my mind whatsoever, this is a broken promise. Mr Abbott promised before the election, he gave absolute assurances, that the tax burden would be lower under a Coalition Government than it was under the Labor Government.
This is his moment that Ms Gillard had when she stared down the camera and said, "There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead." This is exactly what Mr Abbott is doing. Ms Gillard never survived from that moment and I think Mr Abbott faces that same problem. Politically it is a disaster for him.
The pond was almost prepared to forgive RMIT's hideous street frontage. Almost. There's some things where Prince Chuck and the pond must make a united stand.
But Davidson was just getting wound up:
SINCLAIR DAVIDSON: Politicians, who are the people who got us into this budget problem in the first place, should have the kind of incentives to get us out of this problem. And, for example, you could have a rule whereby while the budget is in deficit that their salaries get cut by 50 per cent and they remain at that level until the budget is back into surplus. (all here, and more)
Well at least an efficiency dividend! Say ten per cent a year, and a broken promises swear jar which sees a $10,000 fine for each lie ... that'd put Abbott up to a cool $250k, but no doubt he'd charge it to expenses as a cost of doing political business ...
Never mind, it's all in the national interest, which is why Australia's doing its very best to help and lead the way in confronting the issues and challenges involved in climate change.
Ah, that's how easy it is to lie, and the likes of Mark Kenny wants to encourage the lying.
And there are denialists willing to trade off on Kenny's idle kool aid chatter:
In reality, the voters don't have any choice at the moment, all they've got is polls, and the polls suggest a "pox on both houses" response, with the greenies and the PUP buffoons picking up the poll rewards.
Meanwhile, the fuss over a minor protest at the ABC's Q and A continues to resonate.
Now first the pond has a confession.
The pond would usually rather have all teeth extracted and dentures installed than watch five minutes of the show. Accordingly, the pond didn't actually see the offending demonstration:
AUDIENCE CHANT: No cuts! No fees! No corporate university! No cuts! No fees! No corporate universities! No cuts! No fees! No corporate universities!
TONY JONES: OK. AUDIENCE CHANT: No cuts! No fees! No corporate university! No cuts! No fees! No corporate university!
BREAK IN TRANSMISSION
TONY JONES: Well, thank you. We had a little musical interlude there, while we get democracy back on track. OK. Apologies to the Minister. Apologies to everyone on the panel. Apologies to the wider audience watching. That is not what we want to happen on this program. That is not what democracy is all about and those students should understand that. However, we do see that passions are raised by this all over the place. We’ve got a video question on this equity issue. It’s from Lachlan Hunter in Bruce Rock, Western Australia. (and the rest of the stupidity here)
That is not what democracy is all about and those students should understand that.
What a fop Tony Jones is. It reminded the pond of an old Cathy Wilcox cartoon:
So much for any attempt to protest in a democracy, and as if to confirm that Tony Jones was a complete and utter fop, today Dame Slap has chipped in and given the recalcitrant students a right smoting.
The students were rude and rowdy, and juvenile, and boorish, and through it all, the heroic Christopher Pyne was composed and polite ...
Now that's high grade quality kool aid ...
And if you can be bothered evading the paywall to read the rest of planet Janet in Feral students a textbook case of why reform hard, it gets even funnier.
There's a silent majority meme, even though the polls suggest that majority is a chimera:
... those who foot the bill for benefits have less at stake because the costs of a particular benefit are spread across a much larger group of taxpayers. Hence, this larger group tends to keep paying without making much noise. And, when they do support reining in benefits, their applause for change is never as loud as the screams of protest against change.
But what about those broken promises?
Every cut to spending will unleash sustained and highly emotional protests testing the resolve of voters and Abbott government MPs. The task of Hockey and the Prime Minister is a herculean one. They confront not just the problem of concentrated benefits and diffuse costs, but also the wider problem of cutting widespread benefits where everyone feels some pain.
These perennial problems have been exacerbated by Abbott’s critical miscalculation at the last election. He made the mistake of not trusting voters enough. When he made a series of blanket promises not to cut spending to everything from the age pension to the ABC, and not to increase taxes, he assumed voters were too stupid to understand what is needed to repair the budget to protect Australia from future economic shocks.
But actually the issue of reform isn't herculean, nor should it just be a matter of spending cuts, and the problem isn't that Abbott assumed voters were too stupid to understand the need for spending restraint.
He assumed he could lie his way to power, and that voters would be too stupid to notice.
And now the likes of Dame Slap and Mark Kenny and Maurice Newman are so stupid they think voters will cut the government some slack (should that be slap?), and all will be well because it's being done in the national interest and for the very best interests of everyone.
At which point the pond heaves a sigh of relief that it's student days are long behind it, and gives a shrug of pity for the way the system screws the current crop of students. Sorry guys, it's called the cross generational screw, and you're the ones in the need of the KY jelly ...
It reminded the pond of that first episode to the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, where one of the characters is offering $100,000 to people who agree to drop out of college
That evening, Richard attends the TED talk with Big Head, and listens to Gregory expounding on how “Gates, Ellison, Jobs, Dell” — billionaires and visionaries all —dropped out of college.
“Silicon Valley is the cradle of innovation because of dropouts. College has become a cruel expensive joke on the poor and the middle class,” says Gregory. The talk enrages a bearded academic in the audience so much that he denounces him and walks out — but it gives Richard an idea. He approaches Gregory after the talk and threatens to go back to college if the latter won’t listen to his startup pitch. “Do not do that!” cringes Gregory. “Work at Burger King! Go into the woods and forage for nuts and berries! Don’t go back to college!” (you can get the rest of the pilot re-cap here)
Of course nobody denounced the academic for shouting back at the speaker and then storming out of the TED speech - they seem to have a different idea of democracy at work in the United States - but you can bet your bottom dollar if poodle Pyne has his way - backed by the likes of Dame Slap - your average Australian student will be better off flipping burgers, or foraging for nuts and berries in the woods.
And that'll conform to Tony Jones' idea of democracy.
Or as Paul Sheehan might say, Never mind for whom the bell extols, it extols for thee ...
Which brings us to the pond's contest for the silliest header and splash:
Close to losing? Oh let the pond extol such an epic piece of fudgery ...
Now please, that's more than enough for the day, time ladies and gentlemen please, the pond must head off to check out the little ones having a bogan biffo bash up in the backyard as we learn the joys of hating bludgers and ne'er do wells and students and special interest groups, as if the pigs and the farmers are really out there with the farmyard animals ...
And so to the only signs of sanity in this brutal world of well off dog beating up well off dog ...
(Below: more David Pope here)
And a reminder that First Dog continues at the Graudian, here, though he seems a little lost in its wild and woolly expanses:
Yep there's Tony Jones' knockdown democracy for you ...
Posted by dorothy parker at 5/07/2014 08:43:00 AM