This week's poll asks:
Do you believe the 2012 Budget is going in the right direction or the wrong direction?
*It contains no bribery and corruption to attract votes. I remember Arnold Nordmeyer's "Black Budget" in 1958. Labour should remember it too when they complain about this "steady as she goes" example. Jim
*There is more that it could have done. To start with, cutting out the treaty/foreshore bribes could have saved millions which could have gone into productive spending on health and education. In addition, if the DBP were cut off from unpartnered women having babies, much more could be saved. If these women were partnered, the partner would support the child. In essence, the DPB should only be for custodial parents who are divorced where the other partner is not contributing (enough) to support the child, and where one parent passes away. Anthony
*If Don had not got into the drug reform debate he may well have been in a position to influence what is happening although anything done now will be immediately reversed when the looney left get their next shot, one can only hope that does not happen until the money trees are fruiting again and we can afford their dreamworld ideas. John
*It's going in the right direction but far too slowly. Tony
*The Ministers of the Key Government do not have practical business experience gained by working in the industrial work place. Consequently all of those business sectors that make money by selling exports are not getting the help that would enable them to increase their profits brought back to New Zealand. Likewise the small/medium business sector who provide back-up to the larger exporters are not getting help to recruit new staff from among the large numbers of unemployed members of the public. These businesses need a budget that makes huge cuts in the Government control and paperwork so that we can all enjoy the rewards that production sold to an overseas customer makes for NZ. Ernest
*Still too soft at the expense of keeping votes and pandering to the whole Maori fiasco. We simply, just cant afford it. Roy
*Our parliament seems to be comprised of mental midgets. They have lost all reality with the low income majority. Malcolm
*The crown owns to many TV and radio stations,and should stop subsidising Maori TV and radio. Stop financing claims against the crown, Amalgamate the power supply companies, redusce the baords the same with the line companies, they are public utilities, stop penalizing and humiliating students, offer export and production incentives. Bill
*Timid steps, hesitating at what direction would, firstly, improve the chances of re-election.
When will people realise that we have hamstrung politicians with one of the most impotent electoral system on this planet.
There will be no right decisions made politically due to any Government taking dire measures to correct the economy being voted out of voted out of office.
The Trojan Horse is no longer at our gates but within the walls. Why bother about Greece when a similar fate awaits us here and now.
Abe Lincoln summed up this situation correctly when he said about "lobbyists".
"Too many piglets for the teats". Brian