Right Thinking From The Left Coast
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. - Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vote Aussie

There’s an election coming up here in Australia this weekend.  I’m sure it will get badly covered by the American media, so I’ll be sure to give you a first hand take to contrast against it.  A few things to note:

1) The election is about Australia and has nothing to do with Obama, the War on Terror or the US.  Keep this in mind when some dipshit tries to make a referendum on US policy, as dipshits almost always try to do.

2) This is a somewhat conservative shift for Australia, which is part of a broad conservative shift in the Western world.  But conservative is a relative term.  The Liberal Party ("liberal" meaning the opposite in Australia of what it does in he US) is still supporting paid maternity leave, semi-socialized medicine and so on.  It’s a matter of degree.

3) It’s almost refreshing to watch the debate here on Australia’s large budget deficit.  Both parties are talking about tax increases and spending cuts to eliminate Australia’s deficit.  There’s none of Obama’s “find $100 million” symbolism or the Republican’s “we’ll cut taxes and eliminate waste” line of hooey.  There are hard numbers.  The only thing remotely like it in our country is Paul Ryan’s roadmap.

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/18/10 at 04:16 PM in Down Under  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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