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Thu, Dec. 5th, 2002, 09:57 am
Budgerit...

Public opinion seems to be on some kind of sine wave of annoyance. The government hacks spending in the health sector, education, roads, services and all the sort of shit they're supposed to spend our taxes on. Then they decide to buy a 40 million euro jet, then budget day hits and everyone's walking around saying "Hey, that wasn't too bad, we're not to badly off after all" and seem to instantly forget the aforementioned hack jobs that only serve to intensify the level to which the irish populace has been anally hog fucked over the last few months. Then the budget analysis comes out and they tell us that, well, actually it wasn't precisely as bad as we initially thought, it was much worse and despite no increase in income taxes, VAT has gone up and 1% is a lot more than you'd think.

So, I pick up the paper and read the summary of cuts and such in the run up to the budget and see that there are rat infested schools that won't be renovated any time soon (probably leaving that for the next government to deal with) the broken health spending promises and the delays and costs of the luas trams system and the disruption it's causing to the traffic and then I read this:

"Every euro saved is a euro available to spend on hospital patients, our children's education and our roads." - Charlie McCreevy."

And I realise that any aspirations I had towards being a political satirist are pointless since the discipline is officially dead when that pathetic moron can say that with a straight face.
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Thu, Dec. 5th, 2002 02:27 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Well, in fairness they did increase the mortgage relief for first time buyers. Though now that you can't actually get the cash together to GET the mortgage without the buyer's grant it may be a moot point.

The whole free college thing is irritating alright, the no fees thing *is* being abused (apparantly) but at the same time, a sucessful economy is based on an educated population. You can really only abuse the no fees thing for one year before you find yourself out of college and at least the free fees are going towards a future investment, as opposed to the cash thrown at the dole and the lack of real effort currently being put into dealing with the rising unemployment. Gah... I dunnow.
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Thu, Dec. 5th, 2002 02:46 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Well, I suppose if you wanted to abuse it you could get your grant, free fees and all the rest, go get a job and basically get loads of free cash. Now I have no doubt this doesn't happen often at all and I err more on the side that says that the economy is built on an educated populace but that's the major pro-reintroduction of fees arguments I've hears.
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Thu, Dec. 5th, 2002 02:57 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Yes, and immigrants get five grand for a car when they get off the boat, nigerians brought vomiting flu to ireland and romanians only come to ireland because we're a soft touch. The stupidity of a point does nothing to dissuade it's use in serious debate.
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Thu, Dec. 5th, 2002 03:11 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

With my blessings man, with my blessings.