The Folly of Social Democracy

21 07 2011

We live in so-called social democracy where the weak and uncompetitive are entitled to other people’s money. None of us in our daily lives go to the market and buy things based on the needs of the seller. We don’t think "gee this guys onions are twice the price but he has four kids" or "this lady sells stale bread but she has a lisp or a minority background". We want to buy good quality at he lowest price.

Yet we expect our society to be organised in exactly the opposite way where some people get supported by others. The miners are making too much money – let’s take it off them and give it to car makers or farmers and so on.

If something makes no sense to us on the individual level, it should make no sense on the collective level either. Government edicts cannot overturn the laws of economics any more than they can overturn gravity. The results of this folly is now plain to see in places like Greece, Iceland, Ireland, UK and USA.


With Friends Like this Who Needs Enemies

8 07 2011

Now we can really see what this new tax is about. From Christine Milne’s press conference this morning:

The (tax level of $23 a tonne) price will not be high enough to drive the transition to renewables.

She then twice refused to give a guarantee that this tax would even achieve the Government’s target of a 5 per cent cut in our 2000 emissions by 2010.

So why are we doing this? Gillard is toast and ALP may go with her. It’s too late to save Gillard, time to save the ALP.

More from the same series:

THE Greens have been accused of "gazumping" Labor with a major renewable energy announcement, as they admitted the starting carbon price will be less than half the level they wanted.

People already don’t believe a word Gillard says and then we have Greens confirming every worst perception.

The Madness of Carbon Tax

7 07 2011

Somebody has to ask the following questions:

Is CO2 from petrol any less dangerous than CO2 from coal or gas? If not, why is petrol excluded from this tax?

Is CO2 from the poor any less dangerous than CO2 from the rich? If not, why should the emissions from the poor be subsidised by this tax?

Why are power stations that produce electricity are called a "big polluters" but banks, offices, households and our parliaments that consume this electricity are not?

CO2 is a by-product of industrial activity and the tax on CO2 is a tax on industrial activity pure and simple.

We are told that the tax will encourage the move to cleaner forms of energy but politicians will not let us use any realistic alternative to generate 24/7 base load power! Nuclear is clearly out at least for as long as ALP and Greens are in power and then it takes many years to build a nuke station. Clean coal is a pie in the sky fantasy that may never be realised. Gas is quite expensive and also produces CO2. Wind in solar are intermittent and stupendously expensive.

What are we supposed to do?