The socialist lie

Oh, how the left is rejoicing that an Australian government – a conservative one at that – has gone all socialist in the face of a crisis.

THAT PROVES SOCIALISM WORKS!

Yes. That’s exactly what it does. Exactly as a helium balloon disproves gravity.

Let’s look at the simple timeline:

  1. Pandemic declared.
  2. Government shuts down economy and severely restricts movement.
  3. Government steps in and starts paying the bills.

Let’s pause it there for a minute.

Is that socialism? Maybe it is. After all, the economy isn’t functioning and there are shortages.

But that’s not what people like Barrie Cassidy means when he says this:

It is hard to tell, but he’s probably not joking.

So when he references “free money flat rates double Newstart and government control of airlines and private hospitals” he forgets what socialists always forget. Money isn’t free. It comes from people.

It comes from us.

And in the case of all the spending announced by Morrison, it is borrowed money. This isn’t free. There is a catch – the same catch when you use your credit card. that money has to be paid back.

So yea, we may save some jobs today but they will be paid for for a generation. Especially as many of the initiatives he has announced will remain.

As David Crowe wrote in the SMH last night:

This is a transaction between generations.

The parents who gain from free childcare, as well as the society that benefits from helping essential workers, will be asked to carry the cost in the future or pass it on to their children.

While the debt stays on the books, the interest bill could be more than we spend on big welfare programs.

But people think that government paying for things is socialism.

It’s not. But check out these four responses to Cassidy as they perfectly sum up the argument:

‘Freddy’ knows nothing about socialism as every single socialist country shows, the last people who are looked after are actually people.

‘Release the modelling’ thinks the government pays for things – they don’t.

‘Paul Edwards’  understands what the problem is.

‘GdVarv’ doesn’t understand that there is a difference between public goods and ‘socialism’. This is another go at the false binary so popular among the left. If you want roads, the state must own the means of production.

The childcare con

Dan Tehan and the PM yesterday announced ‘free childcare’. That was the headline.

Here’s the announcement:

Around one million families are set to receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic under a plan from the Morrison Government that will help deliver hip pocket relief and help the early childhood education and care sector make it through to the other side of this crisis.

Under the plan, the Government will pay 50 per cent of the sector’s fee revenue up to the existing hourly rate cap based on a point in time before parents started withdrawing their children in large numbers, but only so long as services remain open and do not charge families for care. The funding will apply from 6 April based on the number of children who were in care during the fortnight leading into 2 March, whether or not they are attending services.

In other words, the government – the biggest customer – is going to provide some money to the sector which if it doesn’t accept it won’t survive.

This may not be as smooth as it seems.

It’s also important to remember, many families pay very little in out-of-pocket expenses (courtesy of Sam Maiden on Twitter).

Double standards much?

Scott Morrison is getting an almighty whacking for proclaiming his faith. Yes, it was very public and it isn’t something we do here in Australia. But aren’t we meant to celebrate diversity?

Just remember, some faith is more acceptable than others.

This is bad. When a PM celebrates his own faith.

This is good. When a PM bows before another.