If Labor today supports stage three of the Morrison government’s income tax changes and waves them through, I should at the very least thank the ALP for bringing my white-hot anger at their election loss under control if not to an end.
That anger cooled a couple of hundred degrees Celsius as soon as a beaten Labor declared dead and buried all their policies that I had studied for years, studiously read all the expert opinions about and had therefore found rather appealing. Policies, you know, for people interested in this nation’s future. And how good was that?
But that anger might now be almost cool enough to touch. If not stone dead cold. Put simply, it’s going to be very hard to carry on caring or show much warmth for a gutless bunch of pathetic pricks worried that their self-centred arseholes are going to be wedged a thousand days out from the next election than sticking to matters of principle.
But there’s more at stake here than just a damn good wedging.
Suggestions that Labor when it meets today will roll over and take it up the cloaca without any cream tells us two even more important things about new Labor lite now with Shorten-free softening power and faux-blue brightening beads. Maybe three.
Firstly, they don’t believe they have the ability to sell a stand taken on principle to the Australian public.
Secondly, maybe they never believed in the first place the downsides they claimed during the recent campaign would be the result of the major flattening of this country’s income tax scales – the virtual end to the progressive tax system that has served this nation well for many, many decades.
And thirdly: they are petrified of being sidelined if the government can con enough of the crossbench to pass the whole package without their involvement.
Let’s look at point one.
Why are some of these gutless Labor clowns even in politics if they don’t think they have the ability to stare down a camera or a microphone and convince Australians that it will be the government’s fault – not theirs – if income tax relief for lower and middle income earners might take a while. Delayed even longer than Morrison’s election promise.
And all because the government is preferring trickery and wedging and bullshit claims of a mandate to the simple task of splitting the Bill?
If that’s Labor’s wishy-washy thinking – that the media is stacked so much against them that they can’t successfully make that point – then my advice is: give the game away now, morons. ‘Cos it ain’t gonna change come the next federal election either. If resistance is useless now, it will remain so three years down the track.
Raise the white flag and wave the laws through now if you don’t think you’re up to doing your bloody job and taking a stand. Forgo the chance to improve your messaging skills, even though that practice might hold you in good stead down the track.
Bottom line? You either have principles or you don’t. If you have principles, the argument that “we don’t believe in this shit but we’ll pass it now and repeal it later” simply doesn’t wash.
That such a strategy has even entered the limited brain space of some of these Labor chicken hearts further dampens that anger I mentioned at the outset.
Point 2: What government services are going to be slashed to give the public $230 billion in income tax cuts over the next decade?
Or was that message of $40 billion a year in government cuts being the price the nation would pay just bullshit, plucked out of those arseholes you’re so worried about being wedged?
A figure as believable as Clive Palmer’s claim of Bill Shorten’s “extra zillion dollars of tax and costs”?
And the third point: the fear of being sidelined? A fear so grave that principles have to be tossed aside?
Really, guys? Who gives a stuff? You’re in opposition. OPPOSE-ition.
And that appears a place you’re more than happy to be in, and for as long as a lack of basic principles takes.