Hockey is a dramatic actor and will expressively play his political machinations through distinct repertoire of body language. We had a ‘jolly Joe’ before Christmas and now there is the ‘furrowing his brow, bowing and shaking his jowls’ with the foreboding bad news of the budget.
As Treasurer, and without an economics degree, ‘Hockey comes across as full of bluster and bombast.’ Today he states ‘I’m dealing with the reality here.’ This is an interesting comment given this government does it’s best to ignore reality. The scientific data of climate change and ecological devastation, the denial of statistics that underpin equal opportunity to health and education to strengthen economic prosperity with positive social outcomes rather than at the cost of social outcomes that only ever touch the vulnerable.
Ross Gittins wrote, “What made the recurrence of my fiscal nightmare so scary was Hockey’s fatuous statement that ”no country has ever taxed its way to prosperity”, which signalled his resolve to get the deficit down purely by cuts in government spending. Seriously? That’s a sign he still doesn’t understand the nature and severity of his problem. No treasurer has ever purely cut his way to budget balance. Not an encouraging sign.”
We need to look to generating prosperity in ways that are positive and create momentum for the creation of the society of the future. Impoverishing the vulnerable within a
Ross Gittins quotes Paul Keating, ”To do what’s right and good gives you the surge. Without the surge, what are you? You’re just mucking around with tricky press statements, appearances and ‘doorstops’.” – ”You make the political strategy around good policy rather than around trickery.”
I think this is the question that many politicians have little or no clue, or little or no courage to undertake. This is the stuff of the authentic path and the authentic life. This isn’t just for politicians but for all of us as we pursue our livelihoods and our dreams and goals. Continue reading