Big Kev back in Canberra

Thumper 14 January 2008 96

According to Sir Kevin of antiworkchoiceshirethe and patron saint of the Blessed Millionaire Preppy Jesus Boy Club is back in business after returning to Canberra yesterday.

“He has been preparing for 2008,” the spokeswoman said

“The prime minister will hit the ground running in 2008.”

The spokeswoman said Mr Rudd’s first priority was to “continue working on the inflation challenge that the Howard government left behind”.

“He’s placing priorities on implementing policies that place downward pressure on inflation,” she said.

It’s all Howard’s fault, of course. As will be everything for the next three years.

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NickD NickD 8:44 pm 14 Jan 08

He won the election with a comfortable majority of seats. If you didn’t vote for him, deal with it.

Thumper Thumper 9:05 pm 14 Jan 08

I’m over it.

But I note that you didn’t refute my opinion?

Maybe Mr Rudd should have said, ‘Continuing lapping up the huge surplus left to us by the outgoing government’.

BTW, unless you live in the electorate of Griffith, you didn’t vote for him either.

We don’t have a president yet, or at least, not the last time I looked.

Nemo Nemo 9:09 pm 14 Jan 08

Last week there were reports that Swan was looking into raising the GST to 15%…..we didnt vote for that.

Convenient this was left out of their election campaigning.

Tempestas Tempestas 9:20 pm 14 Jan 08

Thumper said:
“It’s all Howard’s fault, of course. As will be everything for the next three years.”

Deal with it dude.
So in the last 50 days what new policy decisions or changes had he made to make anything the new Government’s fault?

The huge surplus has been poorly invested by Costello by giving it back as tax cuts we can’t afford when spending on health education and infrastructure would of been far more productive. Putting some of into compulsory superannuation would also have been useful.

Look forward to your whining about how better things were when the angry dwarf and his cowardly smirker were in control.

Thumper Thumper 9:20 pm 14 Jan 08

Or that the environment minister is not allowed to comment on, oh, the environment!

Thumper Thumper 9:23 pm 14 Jan 08

I’m not saying it’s better, or worse for that matter, but strange how inflation was Howards fault when in power, but not Rudd’s fault now he’s in power.

And I note that you didn’t refute mu view either.

I will say that there’s nothing better than bringing people out of the wood work than critising the true believers.

Thumper Thumper 9:26 pm 14 Jan 08

I should add that your man is a serious Jesus boy. I hope that doesn’t influence policy.

Such is life….

Rudd is fine by me. He won fair and square and I have no problem with that. Besides, he’s more conservative than Howard ever was.

But please, get rid of Stanhope.

Tempestas Tempestas 9:40 pm 14 Jan 08

Rudd has the “anyone but Howard” factor. That inflation is any one person’s fault is a matter of conjecture, I will note that several economists have noted that the years of tax cuts have had a detrimental effect on the economy as a whole, those centrists like Saul Eslake, Ross Gittens and the Access Economics crew.

Given you didn’t explain how it could be the fault of the new Government in office for 50 days, sworn in even less, I’m not sure any refutation of your view exists.

If the new Government were to take actions that lead to increased inflation then it would be their fault, nor sure what the prevailing economic winds are on how long it takes for actions to take effect but I am guessing its far longer than 50 days.
You assumption that I am true believer is evidence of the difficulty in refuting your views.

Should the local Liberals find someone with credibility at least equal to Sonic then I’m sure he will go. Perhaps you should run Thumper….

idea_authority idea_authority 1:51 am 15 Jan 08

“But please, get rid of Stanhope.”
Thumper, can’t agree with your more on that, but who could replace him. At the moment, he and Labor are the less of two evils. While they aren’t fixing the hospitals and care more about statues of gangsters and lockups for gangsters, the Libs seem incapable of… everything. I do hope Zed gets the Libs in order, most of them out and fresh blood into that party. Because local Labor needs the boot.

miz miz 8:10 am 15 Jan 08

“It’s all Howard’s fault, of course. As will be everything for the next three years.” And everything wrong under Howard was ‘Labor’s fault’ for about 10 years! Until they realised people were a wakeup.

Thumper Thumper 8:14 am 15 Jan 08

I propose that, after two years in office, no government should be allowed to blame the previous government for anything that happened and may in some way impact upon the present.

My point was simple. During the lead up to the election, interest rate hikes were blamed on the Howard government.

Why should they not be blamed on the Rudd government now?

having said that, howard could do little to keep them down, and Rudd will not be able to do anything about it either.

m1 m1 8:39 am 15 Jan 08

Thumper, an economy, much like the titanic, does not stop and turn on a dime.

Which is not to suggest that the previous captain pointed us at an iceberg, just to point out that it’s rather simplistic to make the new crew responsible for outcomes of decisions that weren’t theirs.

If however you think their decisions are stupid then give ’em both barrels (or cannons.. to continue my poor seafaring references).

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 8:48 am 15 Jan 08


As you have been a Commonwealth employee for at least ten years, you know as well as I do that there is only so much change an incoming Government can do in 50 days – especially losing 20 of those to the Christmas quiet time.

So you would have to recognise that the current interest rate rises are absolutely nothing to do with the Rudd Government.

If Rudd wants to slow inflation and interest rate rises, he should cancel the 31 billion worth of tax cuts which would be wasted on imported consumer rubbish, and invest this money into nation building infrastructure – fixing National highways and rail, investing in new energy solutions (windfarms, solar, geothermal, increasing the efficiency of hydro electric if possible – anything but biofuels)

Who I am laughing at each time I hear is Shadow Minister for Environment Greg Hunt. He was a nothing nobody knob in Government, and is a loudmouth knowall know. He was know by colleagues in rhyming slang – and I can’t see any reason why this would have changed since he developed a media profile.

shanefos shanefos 8:51 am 15 Jan 08

“I should add that your man is a serious Jesus boy.”

I seem to recall Mr Howard and Co. being in cahoots with the Exclusive Brethren. They are some very serious Jesus Boys!

Thumper Thumper 9:12 am 15 Jan 08

Which is not to suggest that the previous captain pointed us at an iceberg

Actually, this is exactly what the article suggested.

m1 m1 9:18 am 15 Jan 08

Allow me to clarify, I was not personally suggesting that.

I was trying to maintain that regardless of whether or not you think decisions made by the previous Gov were wonderful or woeful, those are the decisions that are responsible for where we are now and it would take a while before that direction could be changed.

Thumper Thumper 9:23 am 15 Jan 08

No, you didn’t suggest that, but the article did.


DarkLadyWolfMother DarkLadyWolfMother 9:37 am 15 Jan 08

Blaming the previous incumbent is standard practice, whether we’re talking governments, projects or anything else where a changeover occurs.

They will get away with it as long as they can.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 9:45 am 15 Jan 08

Who is willing to bet that Mr Rudd will be a one term wonder?

The US and Asian markets are slowing, all indicators are pinting towards a recession in the US, one that we will nodoubt fall headlong into as well (another recession we had to have).

Mr Rudd will be the PM remembered for taking a booming economy and turning it into a recession within the first 18 months in office.

The Libs, if they manage to avoid self destruction, will come out and say that they were the better economic managers, Peter Costello (aka Dollar Sweetie or Smirking Pete) will step once more into the breach as leader of the Opposition heading into the election and lead the libs to victory in 3 years time.

My little fantasy perhaps, but we shall see what happens in 2010-2011.

Thumper Thumper 9:47 am 15 Jan 08

Nope. I reckon Labor for two terms and Costello will never be PM.

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