32 thoughts on “Monday Message Board

  1. Last few, the coalition tactics have been negative and destructive, yet have brought Abbott and his backers to within an ace of government. Michael of Summer Hill talks of long overdue infrastructure progress in the big new mining centres, certainly 4 Corners did a take on it a year back and found in WA at least, governments had been very tardy indeed in returning money into basic community infrastructure in these places.

  2. Paul Walter, I think you have misunderstood where I stand in relation to investing in regional Australia. No one disputes the fact that Australia relies heavily on mining, agriculture and grazing but the short sightedness by past governments to build on past successes and the lost opportunities has meant it is now more costly to correct past problems then two or three decades ago and we are now in catch-up mode.

  3. Australians should be pretty unhappy with the Liberal Party: they withheld their policies from treasury scrutiny before the election, claiming that they couldn’t trust the treasury public servants, several of whom were appointed under the Howard government. It is a regular catchcry by the right that public servants are incompetent, or sneaky Labor rats (that is implied of course, the use of the expression ‘public servant’, said derisively and with a faint hint of a sneer, accomplishes that task). Perhaps we should reflect upon the Godwin Gretsch affair…nah, that is too unfair!

    Anyway, now that we have all voted and all have to wear the consequences of our collective decision, the Liberals finally submit “95%” of their policy costings for treasury to scrutinise. And the outcome wasn’t pretty, coming as it has upon the back of massive mining profits and an economy speeding along, with unemployment kept low to boot! Naturally, the masterminds at Liberal HQ still think they can get the three independents onside; I sure hope that whatever Tony Abbott offers them, they get it in writing.

    So, where do we stand? As participants in democracy, we’ve been played by the Liberals, and by the miners, and by a hefty chunk of the MSM. The Liberals have tried to bluff the Australian public with their “independently costed” election promises, and succeeded to some extent, it seems. Labor tried to bore us into submission – or a stupor – hoping we’d forget the Kev, but he kept repeating on them. And if the MSM is correct, KR had a leak or two on Labor’s campaign, which just proves the adage: better to have them inside the tent pissing out, rather than outside the tent pissing in.

  4. Donald Oats, you forgot to include the most important thing of all that Wilkie’s swifty shows just how incompetent and gullible the rabble are within the Shadow Cabinet. Sweet revenge.

  5. A while back on this blog I wrote the Tea Party off as a flash in the pan. But the Tea Party goers seem to be gathering steam and the US Right is starting to flex its muscles.

    This appears to be motivating the REP base which has been making some impressive displays of force recently, what with the recent upsurge in xenophobia (Arizona checking laws, anchor baby amendments and Ground Zero mosque protests). And the Tea Party gatherings which appear to be growing in scale.

    Perhaps its the prolonged recession or the removal of the rather multicultural Bush from the Presidency. Whatever, its making the US Right want to bare its fangs. And that means gains for the REPs in the congressionals. Nate Silver bears the tidings.

    Earlier this year I predicted that the DEMs would hold both the House and the Senate. It may be time for me to say “I was wrong” again. Its becoming a depressingly frequent event these days.

  6. Alice @ <a href="https://johnquiggin.com/index.php/archives/2010/08/30/monday-message-board-175/#comment-266856#3 said:

    You would be gathering speed if you had billionaires funding you Jack (the tea party ought to be called the high tea party).

    Yes thats a good point, the billionaire support for Tea Party certainly helps it along. Although there is a large measure of grass roots populism to go with the tall-poppy elitism. And the TP’s are broadly ideological libertarians.

    But libertarian billionaires do not explain the resurgence of xenophobic cultural populism in the US over the past year or so. There has been a major Right-wing reaction against anchor babies, illegal immigrants and Ground Zero mosques. None of it supported by billionaires, AFAIK.

    There are some uneasy rumblings deep within the cultural bowels of the US polity, which is driving the phenomenal polling numbers achieved by the REPs in the run-up to the Nov 2010 congressional elections. The numbers suggest that this sentiment is more anti-DEM rather than pro-REP.

    Maybe average white guys don’t like what they think liberal DEMs stand for.

    It may simply be people being cranky about the shonky economy. Or it may be the result of the absence of Bush from the White House, who acted to temper some of the more nativist elements in the Right. Or it could be the long-awaited normalisation of the US polity towards a more EU alignment, where the Left is social-democratic whilst the Right is Christian-nationalist.

    It may be tha this Right-wing reaction is just a flash in the pan, more smoke than fire.

    Whatever it is, its big. And I did not predict it, quite the opposite, I pooh-poohed it.


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