Easy to live on a budget
SHOW me one person who can’t live on a wage, the pension, disability or the dole, and I’ll show you someone who probably smokes, gambles, buys alcohol, pays rent or is paying a mortgage, and goes on a cruise every year. Now I’m not saying any of the above is wrong (I can tick a couple of them), but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you don’t partake in the above, and don’t pay rent or have a mortgage, you will survive, but we can’t expect a government to compensate us for our indulgences. The only thing they will assist you with of the above is rent assistance – the rest is in your lap. The question is, what kind of standard of living do we want? If we maintain what we have now, then we have to pay for it in increased taxes or GST. I don’t mind paying a broader GST to maintain our present standard of living, but if you were to ask 10 people, “Are you in favour of this increase to keep the status quo?”, nine of them will say no, ergo “the horror budget”.