The Politically Incorrect Show - 25/10/2000
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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday October 25, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.
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What a waste of time & taxpayer money yesterday's talk-fest on the economy was. Prime Minister Clark droned about the need for stronger government-business "partnership." That is the last thing we need. "Partnership" is a euphemism for "control." What Comrade Clark is really seeking under the guise of "partnership" is yet more control over business by government - as if her regime's recent regulatory rampage hasn't caused enough carnage already.
Helen's Hui MIGHT have been useful had she not deliberately excluded people who disagreed with her. Such people's advice would have been, "Get out of our faces, out of our pockets & out of our lives." But the Prime Minister is a control freak - she doesn't want to hear the best advice she could be given. To act on it would frustrate her power-lust & restrict her access to Other People's Money.
Possibly the worst weasel-words were spoken by someone who should know better. Stephen Tindall, CEO of The Warehouse, said he was hoping for "a consensus, a plan for a better way for New Zealand." They had "plans" in the former Soviet Union - five-year ones & seven-year ones. Is that what this supposed doyen of free enterprise really wants?
Anyone with half a brain can see what the problem is here - taxes & regulations coming out our ears, & a population full of sheeple with LESS than half a brain who think the answer is yet MORE taxes & regulations! The Labour Party itself inadvertently acknowledged the problem at election time when it promised to set up an Office of Small Business (saints preserve us!) "to help small firms through the regulatory maze." If it knows that the "regulatory maze" is a problem, why doesn't Labour simply get rid of it, instead of trying to solve it by adding to it?!
In the upcoming issue of my magazine, Business Roundtable head Roger Kerr says the kind of things for which he was excluded from Helen's Hui. He reminds Helen that ...
"The government is showing no signs of delivering on its election commitment to reduce regulatory burdens. It is not listening to business or to those opposed to privilege. It is listening to those wanting to obtain privileges through regulation and spending trade unions wanting monopoly powers restored, producer boards wanting to retain their single seller status, environmentalists wanting controls on private land without paying for them, Maori groups wanting departures from the concept of one law for all, cultural industries wanting local content regulations, and so forth."
And so forth indeed! And so back! Back to declining living standards & even less freedom.
Run a mile, said Ronald Reagan, from anyone who says, "Hi! I'm from the government & I'm here to help." What such a creature really means is, "I'm from the government & I'm here to help myself to your money & your life." The resounding message I want to deliver to Helen Clark after yesterday's group-grope is: Comrade, if there's even a part of you that GENUINELY wants to help ... get the hell out of the way!
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