Surplus talk

Hey, big spender: Howard the king of the loose purse strings
This will undoubtedly not end the frothing at the mouth on both sides of the house about the most holy surplus. But it sure does put a few things in perspective, and in ways we economic mortals can grasp. Worth some reflection by us all, and not least those of my friends who bang on incessantly about the profligacy of all Labor governments.

Oh by the way, it might mean we can afford to toss a few bob more in the overseas aid tin afterall, Mr Swan?

A coin toss

I’m trying to decide which major party I respect less. Labor for sacrificing the world’s poor to appease the god of economics, and insulting our intelligence with a spurious casuistic rationale? Or the Coalition for straining credulity beyond breaking point, with their feigned moral outrage? It’s a tough call. Guess I’ll just toss a coin. At least I have one.

Economic myopia

In challenging Archbishop Freier’s grasp of economics, Colin McLean (Letters, 10/4) evidences his own brand of fiscal myopia. Dr Freier is not the only one who needs to be thankful, as he undoubtedly is, for the tax exemptions the Church receives. Millions of the nation’s poor and marginalised, if they had the luxury of time to study economics, would have even more cause to rejoice. Many of them are alive, clothed and fed because the Church cares in the name of Christ, and budgets accordingly. Mr McLean might even join in the thanksgiving chorus, recognising how little of his own taxes are spent on state welfare.