Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ecological Fascists (the Greens) to participate in destroying our Medicare and society

The Greens party was described on several occasions by disappointed members and supporters as “ecological fascists” for putting “protecting environment” slogan ahead of “people’s lives and wellbeing”. Of course all of us (including these disappointed members and supporters) do believe that protecting environment is very important task and noble job to strive to achieve. But balance should be made and we should not be locked in the Byzantine argument of “who is first: the chick or the egg”.

Yesterday’s decision by the Greens to support increasing the tax on petrol is clear example of the Greens ecological fascist behaviour.

The Greens support this hike because they believe that this increase will increase the price of driving a car, and so it will enforce people to abandon their private cars and start joining public transport. This is the most stupid and short-sighted assumption any moron can consider.

With the current mess in our public transport, no hike on petrol price will enforce me (as an example of educated Australian with deep commitment to protecting environment) to leave my car outside my home or train station and join a trip of long hours to reach a destination that could be reached in less than half an hour.

Before fixing our public transport and make it both reliable and competitive (economically), no major change of public attitude will be achieved.

But what about the catastrophic impact of this hike on the life-style of Australian battlers, especially during these hard time of financial slowdown?

Such hike will definitely mean increase of our fruits, vegetables and other food delivered to our stores from producers by trucks.

Such hike will also increase the price of electricity and water.

It will also increase the price of clothes, shoes, furniture, electrical and non-electrical appliances delivered to local stores by trucks, planes and ships.

And consequently to all these hikes, the cost of renting or buying home will be increased as workers and business people need to compensate for the hike of all materials and labor.

This hike, which will be increased every year, will make the life of poor and marginalised hell. And there will be no compensation for poor. So this is a tax that will be paid by poor only. The rich will compensate their losses by increasing the price of their products on the customers.

The Greens, who opposes the Debt Levy on rich but support the petrol tax on poor, is the worst enemies (together with the Liberals) of the poor and marginalised.

The Greens want to protect environment by torturing poor people. The responsible for the attack on our environment (the big corporations) will escape by passing the burden on our poor and middle class (if there will be middle class left after this budget).

If the Greens want to enforce poor to leave their cars and use public transport in all their travel, I want to tell them that this will not happen and will not affect the carbon emissions. What will happen is destroying people’s life (especially the poor).

When I was in the Soviet Union, the government started a campaign to curb the citizens’ abuse of alcohol. They introduced big hike to Vodka prices. So one kid came to his father and told him: hey dad, you will drink less now? The father asked: why? The kid said: because the government doubled the price of Vodka. The father replied: ohhh, I guess you will eat less... and in fact, the Russians started to eat less, spend less on all other necessities... and when they could not afford buying Vodka despite all these, they started to abuse home-made alcohols or spirits stolen from hospitals and clinics.

Is this what the Greens want the Australian poor to go through: poverty and neglect to well-being.

Did you notice that the Greens is not talking at all about Abbott government’s attack on Medicare??? Does this mean that Tony Abbott in fact struck a deal with the Greens to re-introduce petrol-excision in return of the Greens approval of dismantling the Medicare???

Abbott’s government budget: ideological goals, not financial slowdown

Tony Abbott and his government try to deceive all of us using argument about government’s debt and financial slowdown to achieve old ideological agendas. The government is hiding the truth about the status of Australian economy as one of the best performing economies (if not the best) amid the current financial slowdown.

All this is just to continue the neo-liberal agenda started by Howard’s government. Let us put everything in its perspective.

John Howard’s government tried to destroy the Medicare in 2003. (Read: How Howard plans to destroy the Medicare system http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/04/06/1049567563641.html ). He, then, was met with strong opposition, even from within his own MPs. Ironically; Tony Abbott was minister for health in Howard’s government during his attempt to destroy the Medicare. So the attack on Medicare is not related to the economic slowdown. At that time, 2003, the Australian and global economy were flourishing and there was no financial needs to destroy Medicare. All was about reversing the decreasing numbers of Australians taking up private health insurance and declining profit for these insurance companies.

The attack on welfare system is not also related to financial slowdown. It was John Howard who introduced all “reforms” in our welfare system. From “reforming” Disability Support Pension determination and review to introduction of “mutual obligations” principles. Of course do not forget the “Work for the Dole” program and all other “reforms” including demanding mothers to look for work when the youngest kid turns 6 years old.

So nothing to do with global financial slowdown or the increasing government debt. It is all about ideological neo-liberals agendas to Americanise our system by destroying workers rights and privatise public assets.

But the most important question is: How does Tony Abbott guarantee that this catastrophic budget and “reforms” will not end the chances of re-election of his government?

Tony Abbott believes that he can repeat the legacy of his mentor, John Howard, who despite all his attacks on poor and marginalised, succeeded to stay in power for more than 11 years.

But Tony Abbott should be totally mad not to observe the difference between current circumstances and the circumstances during Howard’s rule.

During Howard’s days, the Australian (and global) economy was flourishing. Howard could always convince people that despite these attacks, his government was able to maintain good economy and strong employment. He could deceive all of us that he is genius when it comes to economy management. When in fact, his management of the economy was disastrous and most of Australians missed out on the benefits of golden era of economical growth. He was just lucky to come to power with mining boom and global economical strong growth.

This is not the case with Abbott’s government. No doubt that global economy is suffering for the last few years serious slowdown. This has negative impact on Australian economy. These negative impacts being felt in all sectors and at all levels in Australia.

So when Howard could divert Australians attention from his vandalism of our socio-economical system by claiming that he is brilliant in managing the economy, how would Abbott divert the marginalised attention?

In times of financial hardship, especially on poor and marginalised, how Abbott’s government can win any heart by introducing more burdens on them and find them no economical solutions for their needs?

In a time when large numbers of Australians cannot find shelter on the top of their heads, how would they react to government that wants them to pay for local GP’s visit or to public hospital?

In a time when 10,000 Australians lose their jobs monthly, how would this government expect Australians to accept hike of petrol prices that will skyrocket the cost of living?

Tony Abbott should be either totally mad. Or maybe he is so genius that he could see beyond all of us.