The world is bat poo crazy.
Barnaby Joyce is our Deputy Prime Minister, Pauline Hanson is dictating policy, and Spud Duddy is being touted as our next leader.
Action on climate change is seen as too expensive.
We can’t afford foreign aid for our neighbours but we can afford $400 billion for new war toys on top of 2% of GDP each year on defence.
In order to stop terrorists killing innocent people, we spend a fortune bombing innocent people in other sovereign nations.
In the name of keeping people safe, we close the door to those fleeing war and oppression. In order to stop refugees drowning at sea, we lock them up indefinitely in corrupt hellholes or send them back to their tormentors.
The Western defenders of democracy, freedom and human rights continue to pour obscene amounts of armaments into any hotspot with the bucks to pay.
To create tolerance and cohesion, we scapegoat minority groups.
To fix the budget, we cut income to the poorest consumers and revenue from the wealthiest tax avoiders.
A gross debt of $260 billion was a disaster but a gross debt of $500 billion is sound economic management showing a credible path back to surplus.
In order to “create jobs”, we pay billions of dollars to subsidise coal-mining which is moving towards making everything autonomous from pit to port but could not afford to subsidise car manufacturing which employed many more people and kept manufacturing alive.
To facilitate decentralisation, and to improve competition, we build a hopelessly inadequate NBN.
To fill skills shortages, we close TAFEs and then argue about what hoops imported workers must jump through to be exploited by unscrupulous employers.
To encourage children to attend school we employ truancy officers and threaten to cut off their parents’ income or block their citizenship.
To foster creativity and innovation we revert to Direct Instruction with a focus on phonics and our Judeo-Christian heritage. We cut research funding and increase university fees.
With youth unemployment at dangerous highs, we extend the retirement age to 70. Expect a spike in disability pensions as happened when they increased it from 60 to 65. Unless you are a politician (past or present), judge or one of those endless Board members, getting a job in your 60s is pretty hard.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Australia are homeless and more than 13% live in poverty despite the country having achieved 25 uninterrupted years of growth.
In an attempt to lower electricity bills, we have watered down the Renewable Energy Target saving households, on average, 50c a week while adding to the uncertainty that has strangled renewable energy investment. The government continues to collect 10% GST on every electricity bill.
To make health more affordable, we cut preventative health programs and make going to the GP more expensive. Despite the statistics showing how much is spent in the last few days of life, dying with dignity remains a forbidden topic.
To help young Aboriginals who are struggling to cope, we lock them up, abuse and humiliate them, and then punish them more for not becoming model citizens.
Homosexuality is still seen by the lawmakers of the country as deviant behaviour that precludes gays from the same rights as others.
“Intellectual” and “do-gooder” are now derogatory terms and environmental protection is “lawfare” or, even worse, “socialism”.
As the world struggles with the challenges of climate change, inequality, overpopulation, resource depletion, famine and war, all our time is spent discussing “fake news” – a term I have come to loathe. Truth and evidence no longer matter when we have facebook confirmation.
And what’s more….
Donald Trump is President of the United States.
Can the lunacy end or are we doomed to hasten our own destruction?
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