Oct 23, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
PolitiNerd saidIt's kind of like our Labor. In the last government, our worst Treasurer, Wayne Swan promised surpluses over 200 times for 5 years. NONE of which had a surplus. Just growing debt and deficit.
His defence to the Coalition's opposition? "They're just talking down the economy!"
Not only does that make no sense whatsoever, as the economy can't have its feelings hurt since it doesn't have any, it was consistent and blatant stupidity, where Labor believed that they could lie and evade about every single blunder they made and still believe that the Australian public would prefer them.
It's so similar to what's happening in America. The Democrats are relying on demonising the Republicans and making them look as evil as possible to win elections. It becomes a game of trying to survive today rather than actually give an indication of what is to come. Not to say the opposition is always pure and immaculate, but the government should have a plan to bloody govern. From what I can see in America, and in regards to what has happened here in Australia, Left wing governments, specifically these ones, don't care about what they do. They only care about having as much power as possible. I really don't understand this though; if you want power, you should have something to have influence over. If you frustrate the people, they're going to vote you out. That's exactly what happened to Labor. If America was more similar to Australia, I would predict that the Democrats would have a huge swing against them, but because of the voting system there, anyone can win with equal chance.
And to those who might think to say that Wayne Swan was the best Treasurer Australia ever had; those who said are idiots who do not know what they're talking about. How do I know, you ask? Racking up debt to 370 000 000 000 dollars is not being a good Treasurer. Deficits each consecutive year after promising surpluses is not being a good Treasurer.
PS: Yes, I know Australia's debt is not as big as America's. That is not the point. Do not try the argument where you accuse me of complaining unjustifiably.
Shit, I write a lot
PolitiNerd saidHottJoe said
Girl, what are you going on about???
I was commenting on how the American government is hell bent on trying to get this through when it is demonstrating to not work and they have made shit up to try and demonise their opposition when they had ample reason to question the legislation. I then made the comparison to what happened in Australia where decisions were completely ridiculous and stupid, yet the government repeatedly tried to demonise their opposition unsuccessfully just so they could hang onto their power.
The Obamacare legislation and the way it is playing out politically is the same thing. Won't work, but they are trying to make it seem it will and the opposition is just stupid (which I'm sure you will always believe regardless of what happens).
Just because a website has a few glitches you think the healthcare program won't work???
That's called grasping at straws.
HairyPits saidHottJoe said
But most of the public won't remember it was the evil, mean, greedy Republicans that originally asked for the delay way way back 2 weeks ago!
The law is going to stay in effect. And it will be amended at great expense to the political capital of the democratic party.
Harry Reid is on record now saying it CANNOT be repealed or amended via budget reconciliation. Even though it was passed that way. He rejected it being amended in the last budget/ government shutdown.
The Government shutdown and nothing bad happened. There was ample opportunity for a deal to be made. So its going to take the democratic caucus to fix this.
Finally the ACA rollout failing has set back the concept of activist government for quite some time. With estimates of 70-150k total people enrolled in over 3 weeks.
Industry analysts point to how the website lumps people only into two broad categories: "49 or under" and "50 or older."
Are some of those people signed up based on faulty numbers. It lumps 20-49 year old shoppers in the same category.