This morning's Telegraph said it all... the clear headline reads: "HOWARD DROPS $34Bn TAX BOMB". Initial thought is "wow", but lets read the fine print...
The tax cuts are over a staggering 3 years... 2010/11 is when you'll reap the benefit of Howards legacy... and guess what, it'll be not long before the next election when that comes in... nice play that one, keep the tax breaks coming throughout the next term to give you a platform to buy the election after that.
Then lets read the detail.... for the average worker on $50,000 per annum, this "tax bomb" equates to $33.65 a week. Seriously. Is that it? And you have to wait three years to get it... and in three years time $33 bucks is probably only $25 in todays money due to inflation..
Vote for Howard and we'll give you net $25 a week in three years time...
Hardly the $34Bn TAX BOMB is it?
Also, if you read the front page of todays Telegraph (and I am having trouble finding a jpg of it), the caption under the obligatory photo of a "housewife and kids" is the line: "But I'd rather see more spent on services like Hospitals".
And that my dear readers is the point.... So many billions in budgetry surplus, the Hospital and Public Education system are in disarray and Howard wants you to re-elect him for a partial term for $25 bucks a week in your pocket.
Australia, we deserve better!