|Uncle Kev's housing solution|
There are two kinds of people in the world. There are looters (who live off the
tax tit) and tax cattle (who actually work, and are forced to give up a large
proportion of their wealth to the government, who in turn gives much of it to
the looters). This is easy for most people to understand - except for Public
Servants. For some strange reason they regard themselves as tax-payers, because
on paper they pay tax.
It never actually occurs to them that if someone is forced to give you 100
dollars and is then allowed to take back 45, then you have received 55 dollars
in stolen property. This is totally different to someone who generates 100
dollars worth of wealth, and is forced to give 45 dollars of it to some slimy
But the worst thing about the Public Service is not the theft, it's either the
sanctimonious belief that they have the right to control other people's lives
('for the common good'), or the incredible inefficiency and waste in everything
Particularly when Australia's traditional land owners are involved.
Two years ago Kevin ('economic stimulus') Rudd allocated 672 million
dollars to build houses for Aborigines. Now, dear reader, let's do a quick
calculation on how many houses that might build. A friend of mine spent
$350,000 building a house recently. Add 50,000 for servicing a block, and
that's probably around $400,000 to build a lovely spacious modern house. So 672
million hard-earned tax dollars should build around 1920 houses, right? In fact
if we were willing to do without the double garage with internal access we
could easily do over 2000.
So how does that get allocated? Well, Tenant Creek was allocated $36 Million
for 20 houses. That's 1.8 million dollars per house! But it gets worse. It was
then revised down to nine houses. That's four million dollars per house!
Apparently "training costs and fees for consultants" were significant (who'd
have thought). But still it gets worse. Now it's been revised to zero
houses. Yes, that's right - zero houses will be built with the $36 million. The
money is going to be spent on fixing up some existing houses.
In fact no houses at all have been built on the scheme so far. Anywhere. With
the whole 672 million dollars. Some houses might be built in 2011. Maybe.
And they are talking about a total of 300 houses. That's 2.2 million dollars
per house! If they even build that many.
Many Australians were overjoyed when Kevin Rudd apologized to the Aborigines.
All the child abuse, the drug problems, the health issues were all going to be
solved. Because we apologized. Kevin had the solution. Kevin was smart. Kevin
could close the gap. Kevin could make everyone happy.
Except that 672 million of hard-earned tax-payers money and two years has not
produced a single house.
Now that deserves an apology.