Who are the most important people in your family? Hint: Not the kids

I recently asked a married couple who have three kids, none of whom are yet teens: “Who are the most important people in your family?”

Like all good mums and dads of this brave new millennium, they answered, “Our kids!”

“Why?” I then asked. “What is it about your kids that gives them that status?” And like all good mums and dads of this brave new millennium, they couldn’t answer the question other than to fumble with appeals to emotion.

So, I answered the question for them: “There is no reasonable thing that gives your children that status.”

I went on to point out that many if not most of the problems they’re having with their kids – typical stuff, these days – are the result of treating their children as if they, their marriage, and their family exist because of the kids when it is, in fact, the other way around. Their kids exist because of them and their marriage and thrive because they have created a stable family.

Furthermore, without them, their kids wouldn’t eat well, have the nice clothing they wear, live in the nice home in which they live, enjoy the great vacations they enjoy, and so on. Instead of lives that are relatively carefree (despite the drama to the contrary that they occasionally manufacture), their children would be living lives full of worry and want. Read more »

It’s not just our politicians on the bludge

Politicians the world over just cannot help themselves helping themselves to our taxpayer cash, especially when it benefits them directly.

We have seen Paul Foster-Bell, Claudette Hauiti and now David Cunliffe trough it up on travel.

We see the two main parties working out better ways to avail themselves for?more entitlements.

Politicians, wherever they are from, become afflicted with entitleitis…they even use the same justifications.

The ”age of entitlement” is over, according to Treasurer Joe Hockey, but politicians continue to spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on flights to sporting events, study tours, recipe collections and children’s books – such as?Aliens in Underpants Save the World.

Department of Finance records show rising Liberal Party MP Jamie Briggs claimed almost $11,000 in entitlements over two years for travel to and from sporting events. For most of this period, November 2011 to November 2013, Mr Briggs was chairman of the Coalition’s government waste committee, established to highlight the mismanagement of taxpayer money.

His entitlement claims included:

? $2800 last November for him and a family member to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, where they attended Derby Day in the Emirates marquee.

? $1600 last June to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, where he attended an AFL game as a guest of BHP.

? $2300 in December 2012 to travel between Adelaide and Sydney, where he attended the Australian Open as a guest of Golf Australia.

Mr Briggs said: ”Each trip was undertaken within the entitlement rules and publicly declared as required. They included meetings with a range of people related to my work as a federal member of Parliament.”

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If you are an MP, the small laws are really just suggestions

Some MPs have real entitlement problems. ? Sue Moroney’s need to park anywhere she likes means the mother needs to push her pram onto the road to get past and back on the footpath that has been specifically designated so she can travel safely.

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Remember politicians, the Whale Oil Ground Crew are everywhere. ?Even if it isn’t in your own makeup to do the right thing,?you can trust us to make a fuss.


This is why the Police didn’t get more money in the budget

Blair Ensor reveals that some in the Police have been having their coffee breaks, supermarket incidentals and other purchases on the tax payer’s tab. ?To the hefty tune of 2.29 million.

Senior cops have been told off for putting hundreds of coffees on their taxpayer-funded credit cards.

Documents released to the Sunday Star-Times under the Official Information Act show police spent about $2.29 million using 817 police-issued credit cards in 2012. While the total amount spent on the cards was down on previous years, electronic equipment, accommodation, taxis and trips to the supermarket featured regularly among 20,885 transactions.

So did cafe visits, which caught the attention of Police Minister Anne Tolley. “I’ve asked the police executive to keep a close eye on credit card spending as these figures do look on the high side,” Tolley told the Star-Times. “If it is justified spending – fine. But I’ve reminded police this is taxpayer money and they have a duty to spend it wisely.”

Troughing is troughing, even when it is done by the police. ?Every time some top cop has a coffee and a taxi ride on the tax payer, some front line cop is being told there is no money for a new stab proof vest. ?? Read more »

Somebody needs to pay for all my children!

Bludging BBC ratbags are sucking sparkling wine off the tax payer’s tit

via marbella-guide.com

via marbella-guide.com

The BBC manages to follow the letter of the law, and thus completely avoiding the spirit of it. ?Tax payers’ money is there to be spent, no matter what rules are in place:

BBC staff have switched to sparkling wine to get around the corporation?s ban on champagne, spending more on “fizz” last year than in the past three, new figures reveal.

The broadcaster recently introduced a ban on champagne after it was criticised for the large amount of licence fee payers? money it was spending on alcohol.

However, while staff are now buying the less expensive version, they claiming for more of it, making a mockery of the ban.

According to the latest figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, the BBC bought 812 bottles of sparkling wine last year, costing ?4,673.

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Tau Henare is a loser

I caught this on the radio when a snippet of an interview with Tau Henare was broadcast about his ambitions and rekindled hopes to become Speaker of the House now that Labour are playing silly games about the selection of David Carter.

credit: guide2.co.nz

credit: guide2.co.nz

I do not have the exact quote, but Henare said (paraphrased) ? Read more »

Pity no one says this here, Ctd

? Sydney Morning Herald

What chance of seeing an opposition spokesperson (or even a Government one) make a statement like this?

SHADOW treasurer Joe Hockey has condemned systems of ”universal entitlement” in Western democracies, contrasting this attitude with the concept of ”filial piety” thriving across Asia where people get what they work for and families look after their own.

Speaking in London, Mr Hockey said that by Western standards the highly constrained public safety net in Hong Kong and other Asian places might seem brutal ”but it works and it is financially sustainable”.

”Contrast this with what we find in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. All of them have enormous entitlement systems spanning education, health, income support, retirement benefits, unemployment benefits.”

Government revenues fell far short of meeting the cost and the difference had to be made up by borrowing.

While he was less critical of Australia, saying that over the years there had been some key decisions to reduce spending, Mr Hockey said it still had ”a lot of spending by government which many voters see as their entitlement”.

He said a lower level of entitlement meant countries were free to allow business and individuals to be successful. ”It reduces taxation, meaning individuals spend less of their time working for the state, and more of their time working for themselves and their family.”

Both sides of the Western political spectrum were to blame for the entitlement mentality. Socialist governments had created a huge array of entitlements, and conservative governments had promised to fix the problem but just trimmed round the edges.

”Perhaps the real problem is the exuberant excesses of politicians who do not seem to understand or care about the fact that, like a household, a nation needs to balance its budget over time,” he said.

But now ”the age of unlimited and unfunded entitlement to government services and income support is over”, he said. ”We are now in an era where leaders are much more wary about credit risk.”