On a recent article titled The price of procrastination, AIMN contributor Peter made the following observation:
Turnbull is a fucking lying disgusting and pathetic mother of all gaslighting arseholes. He has no principles to speak of except for unadulterated greed.
EVERYTHING he and the Coalition touches turns to shit. Renewable energies, our education and health system and the pièce de résistance our National Broadband Network. And he has corrupted the Australian Federal Police using them for witch hunting.
The enemy of the people are not foreign, its people inside Australia working against Australians. 70% of Australians want marriage equality and they are not getting it. Who’s protecting corruption by preventing an investigation into banking corruption? Is it ISIS?
The majority of Australians want action on climate change. Who’s stopping this government from doing that? The Assad regime? No.
Who is ultimately responsible for murdering, torturing and brutalizing people on Nauru? Iran? No, of course not. And who is taking a giant shit on the Australian constitution? Is it al qaeda? No. And who is cutting and slashing wages? It has nothing to do with Islam.
As I said the enemies of this country are not from outside. They are under our very noses. You want to know who it is, then go no further than Turnbull and his fucking corrupt Liberal Party.
Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, hoping to make them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target’s belief.
That seems to very aptly describe what our government is doing.
The only thing on the agenda for the government, aside from the inevitable stoush about marriage equality, is their continued push for corporate tax cuts which, we are told, will result in more jobs, higher wages, and a boost to economic growth.
In 2016-17, corporate profit surged 21.2 percent while average wages rose only 1.8%. In the year to September 2017, trend employment increased by 335,500 persons while the labour force increased by 333,300 persons resulting in 716,600 still unemployed.
Over the full ten-year phase-in period to 2026–27, the Treasury Secretary has estimated that the changes in the main corporate tax rate, together with all the changes flowing from lifting the small business entity threshold, will cost the Commonwealth Budget $48.2 billion in cash terms.
It is true the corporate tax rate at 30% is higher than some other countries in our region, but it is average compared to G7 countries. Further, Australia’s franked dividends system means Australian shareholders already enjoy favourable tax conditions on income earned from their investment in companies. However, foreign investors do not benefit from franked dividends and would benefit from a lower company tax rate in Australia.
As more information comes to light about tax avoidance and evasion, this is going to be a hard sell which will require some serious gaslighting if we are to believe that facilitating even greater profits for foreigners will in any way benefit the community.
In the meantime, the government will no doubt continue with their “look over there” strategy to distract us from any real analysis of what they are doing, like spending $400 billion on war toys that will likely never be used for anything but their neverending war games, and what they are not doing to address our greatest threat, climate change.
Peter was right. The real enemies in this country are occupying the Treasury benches which they are using to reward their fellow political travellers and their donors.