Tax Cuts Caused Current Crisis

Russel Norman provides the evidence for what he has been saying for some time, the economic crisis is largely the result of tax cuts to the rich. New Zealand has just been following what has happened in many other so called "developed" countries; the greed of the rich results in a reduction of government revenue and the poor suffer through the introduction of austerity programmes in an attempt to balance the books. Rather than increasing revenue by reintroducing fair taxes the government cuts support to those who need it the most. 
National keeps claiming that an ongoing recession is causing the deteriorating state of the government's books and yet last year New Zealand's richest saw their wealth increase by over 18%, for them the recession ended some time ago. The country's 151 richest people saw their collective wealth reach $45.2 billion last year, up $7 billion from the previous year.
The crisis is a lie, greed and mismanagement is creating the problem!

Russel's media release below:

National's tax cuts at heart of budget 'crisis'

New figures from the Parliamentary Library show the National Government's tax cuts to the top 10 percent of income earners are costing $700 million-$800 million a year while it pleads poverty and cuts services, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said today.
Figures from the Crown's Year End Financial Statements for 2010/11 show that National's 2010 tax package cost $1.1 billion in the first nine months. The new data shows that most of that cost is due to the reduction of the 38 percent tax rate to 33 percent, which only benefited the wealthiest 10 percent of New Zealanders.
"It is wrong for the Government to cut important public services and support for people to get an education at the same time it is borrowing $800 million a year for tax cuts for the wealthy," said Dr Norman.
"Two years ago, National told us it could afford these so-called 'fiscally neutral' tax cuts.
"Now, it is crying poverty and telling New Zealanders they will have to pay with cuts to services and student loans.
"National has manufactured a crisis by committing itself to an arbitrary goal of eliminating the deficit in 2014/15 while cutting revenue needed to get there.
"Did National not realise its unaffordable tax cuts for the rich would crash the budget, or did it cynically reduce government revenue to give it an excuse to cuts services in the future?
"Neither option can give New Zealanders confidence in the economic management of their government," said Dr Norman.

Additional Information:

Summary table of cost of reducing the income tax rate over $70,000 from 38% to 33%
RESULTS Estimated $m change (from current state) Estimated cost after offset effects are taken into account ($m)
Estimated income tax - Method 1 ($m) 2010 data 837 708
Estimated income tax - Method 2 ($m) 2010 data 797 675
Estimated income tax - Method 3 ($m) 2011/12 data 862 729
Source: Parliamentary Library 

The Green Party's alternative plan for our economy:

Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ended 30 June 2011:


Alex said…
Stop using evidence to prove your argument. It makes National look bad. After all, when any evidence against National policy comes out, our master overlord Key simply disagrees with it, as is his right as overlord. (This actually happens even when the evidence comes from Statistics NZ, btw.)
bsprout said…
I think a sort of critical mass of evidence will be achieved, Alex. :-)

Key's popularity has provided him with huge allowance of "benefit of doubt" when he has brushed aside factual evidence as if it were annoying dandruff on his shoulders. However his dandruff problem is now such that his continual brushing action is attracting attention to the fact a mere shampoo won't solve his obvious flaky condition.
robertguyton said…
He'll simply buy a white suit.
bsprout said…
Even if made of white Teflon he will find it difficult to wade through waist deep dandruff.
Anonymous said…
Russel Norman knows nothing about economics.
He should be aware that studying Marxist political science does not prepare him to run any country.
What a twit. A tax cut is not an expense to the economy. Taxes are.



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