June 3 2016
It is fair to say that on Thursday ‘Gunna’ Morrison came out with a proverbial AK47S blazing away at the Labor Party accusing them of a war on anything. In doing so I can only assume, therefore, that he was at war with them.
At his press conference bullets sprayed from his mouth with nefarious animosity like an Iraq house invasion. Now I know that in a war zone we cannot always expect men to act rationally. And so it was with ‘Gunna’ He disregarded any safety for those around him and tossed hand grenades like confetti.
Labor had gone to “war on business” with “toxic taxes” and a “war on growth” using tax as its “bullets”. Yes, Labor was prepared to use cluster bombs to achieve its aim of smashing economic growth. ‘Gunna’ was using shields to show the assembled war correspondents that Labor had “plans” for higher taxes on small business, investment, income, housing and electricity, with big red crosses on each shield ‘Gunna’ empathised that this was a war worth fighting.
I could see him at the pulpit at Hillsong leading the choir with a war like rendition of ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’.
Now I know that truth is the first causality of war but this was really some exaggeration. He looked like a battle weary shell-shocked incoherent, over-excited army messenger trying to explain a “plan” to the assembled generals.
As Lenore Taylor wrote in the Guardian:
“Not since Tony Abbott told us that the carbon tax was a toxic wrecking ball that will destroy jobs, and also strike us like a cobra or squeeze us like a python and also wipe whole towns off the map, has voters’ intelligence been insulted with such ridiculous hyperbole”.
If you think Malcolm Turnbull was a bit thin-skinned when Leigh Sales used the word “knifing” to describe the removal of Tony Abbott then Bill Shorten would be entitled to be a bit upset with Morrison’s use of weapons of mass destruction to try and destroy him.
“Labor’s approach is to take a sledgehammer and to do it out of the politics and ideology of envy … It’s a war on growth, it’s a war on capital, it’s a war on mums and dads who just want to invest in a property to ensure their betterment over into their retirement or whatever their purpose is” Morrison said.
In his declaration of war on Labor ‘Gunna’ used the “war” word 14 times, outdoing former British PM Neville Chamberlain who in his 1939 declaration of war on Germany, used it just four times.
Now let’s cut to the chase here. Scott Morrison is renowned for his sarcastic hyperbolic embellishment of all things Labor. He delivers it with all the magnification of a charismatic preacher. Facts don’t matter so long as perceptions are created. Lying is justified if the theology demands it. Defend your teaching by saying the others are evil.
Sometimes I allow myself the indulgence of thinking I know a lot. Then I realise that in the totality of things, I know little. One thing I am certain of however is that there are known facts in the world because science proves them.
Here are some facts, writes Josh Bornstein:
“In its short life the LNP government has levied more tax as a proportion of GDP than its predecessor. Government spending as a proportion of GDP has also increased, the budget deficit has more than doubled from its “crisis” levels in 2013, and gross government debt has ballooned by over $100bn”.
“The bluff and bluster was resurrected when treasurer Scott Morrison recently tweeted: “Labor’s plan is to tax, spend and borrow. Our plan is to back Australians who are working, saving and investing”.
“Economic illiteracy can be masked by theatrical bluff and bluster for only so long. The government’s 2014 budget cut a swathe through its pre-election promises including gouging an $80bn hole in funding for health and education. Taxes weren’t cut; in fact, there was an attempt to raise a new tax – for visiting a GP”.
“The opposition inculcated a state of perpetual crisis that was the envy of professional catastrophists the world over. The crises said to beleaguer the nation under a Labor government formed an impressively long list: the cost of living crisis, the retail crisis, the productivity crisis, the debt crisis, the deficit disaster, emergency low interest rates, sovereign risk crisis, the budget emergency”.
Kaye Lee writing for The AIMN had this to say:
“Scott Morrison’s overly theatrical rants about Labor policies are rapidly losing credibility. He brings along his placards with the latest negative campaign graphic attacking Labor with made-up figures and big red crosses but when asked about his ‘economic plan’ all we hear is tax cuts are good – we know this intuitively”.
The last sentence of her piece very adequately summed up my view of where Labor intends taking our country:
“And most importantly of all for our future prosperity, we need a government who is willing to invest in our greatest underutilised asset, our human capital. A well-educated, skilled, healthy workforce is the foundation on which all else will be built”.
Take notice, Scott.
My thought for the day
War is but one example of the fact that men have never really grown up.
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