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Thought for the Day
The Athabasca tar sands in Canada contain 1.7 trillion barrels of oil and the Venezuelan Orinoco tar sands contain 1.6 trillion barrels of oil. Tar sands are found in over 70 countries in the world; economical at $40 per barrel.
The Greens should stop panicing and peaking and let our politicians concentrate on getting steady economic growth of 4% or 5% per year.
May 2, 2006, 06:15
Letters to the Editor
Some of our members write to the editor of the daily newspaper and we like to reproduce them here so we can all have the benefit of their wisdom. This week we have two letters from Barry.
Sow and Nurture Before You Reap
Dr Cullen is very good at spending taxes but he also needs to nurture tax sources otherwise he will send the economy into a downward spiral. Taxes are mainly reaped from commercial activities. Net tax is not obtained from government funded activities as taxes obtained from commercial enterprises are required to fund these activities in the first place.
So how does Dr Cullenís budget enable commerce to grow and provide the means to pay his future salary or indeed his future pension? In short, it doesnít. Instead of being so one sided he should try to learn the meaning of Ďsowing before you reap.í
Tax cuts represent one type of seed New Zealandís economy needs to sow before it can grow. Tax cuts would provide workers and businesses with more disposable income to strengthen existing commercial activities, fund investment in plant and machinery, and pay for research to help us become more productive and work smarter. The more seed that is sown and nurtured now, the larger will be the crop of future taxes.
Walking the Plank
The media has the power to influence how people think and demeaning articles depicting Don Brash as a pirate victim lurching along a wooden plank is a misuse of this power.
Sensational character assassination articles like this influence how many New Zealanders vote and do not help them to understand or learn what is good for the country or future prosperity.
It is appreciated that politicians need to be challenged but would it not be better for everyone if the media tried to help politicians to promulgate their views and ideas instead of trying to trip them up and force them to be on the defensive all the time?
It would be of more value for the average person in the street, if the media gave a higher profile to articles that showed the policies of the various parties and how they prioritized them. These together with comments from Economists would then help voters evaluate which party's priorities would lead to an improvement to New Zealandís prosperity and in turn provide more disposable income for all of us.
By the way, it was nice to see that the pirates didnít get Don Brash to fall to his doom. Perhaps he and his advisors can work more closely to ensure that similar traps are avoided in the future and that he is fully up to date with National Party policies.
May 22, 2006, 12:06
Athens and the US: The Decline and Fall
If you think we have had troubles with our governments then read this article. Things could be a lot worse.
Unfortunately that is the direction we are headed.
May 15, 2006, 15:17
A Misesian on the School Board
Mostly we can't see the "wood for the trees". Every now and again we need to climb the heights and look down to get a different perspective on public life and how to understand the benefits and problems associated with democracy - as in the last article.
But we are all the problem. We are all part of democracy. How do we escape the never ending cycle of government intervention to solve the problem caused by the last government intervention?
That, as they say, is the question!
May 8, 2006, 12:26