In a piece with headline Price of progress hurts Kiwis Fairfax media notes…
The rampant cost of living means two-income families are increasingly worse off than single-income families were a generation ago – and it is threatening to put them under.
While median incomes and the number of women in the workforce has risen substantially, the money that families are putting into servicing the long-term commitments of a standard middle class lifestyle – comprehensive health insurance, a house in the right suburb and investment in education – has soared. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/7200255/Price-of-progress-hurts-Kiwis
Being old enough to remember that far back they are dead right, but to call it progress?
This is not the result of progress this is obvious consequences of thirty years of decline. The consequences of Roger Douglas’s failed reforms are now at the point where the decline becomes terminal. The sale of our energy companies and the Crafar farms are the signs of terminal decline as is the widespread increase in poverty – we are selling the last of the family silver to eat and we are chopping up the furniture to burn to keep warm. Meanwhile we live in the most well endowed country on the planet on a per capita basis. Given that one has to ask why we are in such a state. Are we lazy? I would suggest not.
We are suffering this fate for no other reason than that we have had archly stupid, short sighted and unmoral leadership across both business and politics since Roger unleashed the dark side of private enterprise upon the functions of the State. We have since then had leaders of both business and politics acting in disregard for the law and with impunity as the norm. Worst of all we have an economic ideology dominating our society that is destroying us.
It is time for a change at the most profound level. We need to take back control of our society and our economy, but most of all we need to take back control of our supposedly democratically elected leadership.
Is Labour up to it?