Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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OPINION: The Past Week

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In the USA last week we witnessed ´´crisis averted´´, though perhaps better described as crisis postponed. There were some disturbing elements to the drawn out process of the debt ceiling increase.

Frightening it was, to see the influence of the Tea Party who ensured that those lower down the economic scale would pay for the mistakes of those at the top. They ensured that cuts would be made to social services, but not to tax breaks for the wealthy or for large corporations. In other words, they locked in the status quo, the structure that has placed the US in this position.

It was equally frightening to witness political rivalry, not public interest, dictating direction. It seems the most important factor for Republicans, other than protecting the rich, was to ensure this was a short term solution to create another ´´crisis´´ for the Obama administration leading into the next election. The global economy seemed little more than a ´´bargaining chip in an ideological war,´´ as noted by Alan Kohler.

Brian Toohey of the Financial Review aptly described today´s economy as a ´´tussle between greed and fear.´´So, on we charge, ´´crisis averted´´, all they had to do was increase the limit on our credit card. What could possibly go wrong?

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Meanwhile, down in Tassie, a very big pot called two kettles black, while we all digest what Lara and Julia have decided for the future of our forests, and it seems, the future of Gunns …

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Maddie

    August 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    GREAT STUFF!!!

  2. John Ward

    August 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Love the Art work.
    If the Yanks got out of these wars and set the CIA onto the terrorist instead of using the military sledge hammer. And ‘If’ Bush’s $3Trillion tax breaks for the rich were clawed back the US would not have gone bust. It is like watching a re run of the fall of the Roman Empire.

  3. Simon Warriner

    August 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Superb, lots more, PLEASE. If you run short of material (as if) feel free to call me, I have some doozies.

  4. Dave Groves

    August 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

    love it!!!!!!!! bring it on 🙂

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