Throughout history Jews and rich people have been the favourite scape goat of politicians having a hard time. Wayne Swan is taking on the latter.
Mr Swan has said Australia’s notion of the “fair go” is under threat from an elite group of wealthy business people – including Andrew Forrest, Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer – who are using their riches to undermine good public policy and “threaten our democracy”.
By running ads, organising rallies and hopefully starting up a new TV channel? They actually sound like very democratic actions to me.
Mr Swan, signalling a campaign to challenge what he calls the excessive and increasing power of vested interests, says politicians face a choice between “exploiting divisions by promoting fear [or] appealing to the sense of fairness and decency that is the foundation of our middle-class society”.
And Mr Swan would do anything to promote divisions now, would he?
Politicians also face a choice “between standing up for workers [or] kneeling down at the feet of the Gina Rineharts and the Clive Palmers”.
A typical class-warfare fallacy. Why must the interests to the employees and employers be mutually exclusive? A mining tax will in fact hurt both mining workers and the likes of Rinehart and Palmer.
The Treasurer also writes that the Liberal-National Coalition “has radicalised itself into a version of the US Tea Party”.
That is laughable.
“A handful of vested interests that have pocketed a disproportionate share of the nation’s success now feel they have a right to shape Australia’s future to satisfy their own self-interest.”
And Swan’s anti-free market credentials become glaringly obvious. Who should decide what job-creators should be worth; the treasurer, some bureaucrat or the free market?
Mr Swan writes that Australia must be part of a global debate that is also a feature of the US presidential campaign, “about the rich, the poor, the gap between them, and the role of vested interests in the significant widening of that gap in advanced economies over the past three decades”.
I’ll leave that to Margaret Thatcher to handle.
The Treasurer says in the past couple of years, Australia has seen the emergence of coalitions “willing to use their considerable wealth to oppose good public policy and economic reforms designed to benefit the majority”.
Hang on, I think he’s serious. He actually believes that the carbon tax and mining tax are good public policy.
“The infamous billionaires’ protest against the mining tax would have been laughed out of town in the Australia I grew up in, and yet it received a wide and favourable reception two years ago,” Mr Swan writes.
[…]“The combination of industry deep pockets, conservative political support, biased editorial policy and shock-jock ranting has been mobilised in an attempt to protect vested interest,” he says.
People have a mind of their own and are smart enough to weigh up both sides of an argument. It is deeply offensive for the deputy prime minister to insinuate that the opposition to his policies are because people are so stupid, so malleable as to be brainwashed by right-wing shock jocks.
Mr Swan says it is the “tiny 1 per cent, or even 0.1 per cent, who are trying to drown out the others, who are blind to the national interest, and who pour their considerable personal fortunes into advertising, armies of lobbyists, dodgy modelling and corporate and commercial manoeuvring designed to influence editorial decisions”.
This is class warfare at its very worst. Swan complained before about how close he saw the opposition to the Tea Party, yet here he is trying to channel the rhetoric of the considerably more radical Occupy movement.
“Without a blush, her friend and fellow media owner John Singleton let the cat out of the bag when he told The Sydney Morning Herald that he and Rinehart had been ‘able to overtly and covertly attack governments . . . because we have people employed by us like Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones and Ray Hadley who agree with [our] thinking’.
How devious. They employ people who agree with them. I think we should tell Conroy about this one. There ought to be a law against it.
Rinehart-minion Andrew Bolt has a few questions for Mr Swan.
Vexnews finds a quote from the great Ronald Reagan that applies to Swan’s comments.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.