Fis­cal short-sight­ed­ness

The New Zealand Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

John Roughan ad­vises us that his head says “don’t mess with suc­cess” when it comes to vot­ing in this elec­tion. But have the past nine years of a Na­tional gov­ern­ment been a suc­cess? Fi­nan­cially prob­a­bly but so­cially and en­vi­ron­men­tally def­i­nitely not.

In­equal­ity has steadily risen. Wages have not kept up with the cost of liv­ing and jobs are less se­cure hence more peo­ple are liv­ing in poverty, es­pe­cially chil­dren, and this is lead­ing to over­crowd­ing, home­less­ness and associated health prob­lems.

Na­tional sold off state houses and is now spend­ing mil­lions to house peo­ple in mo­tels. Our chil­dren are suf­fer­ing from ap­palling rates of rheumatic fever and chronic lung dis­ease that will im­pact on their fu­ture well­be­ing. The is­sue of child poverty was ig­nored un­til there was a need to at­tract votes.

En­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns are con­sis­tently down-played, and there is no clear will to prop­erly ad­dress cli­mate change. Car­bon trad­ing is a cop-out and shifts the bur­den on to other coun­tries when we should be tak­ing pos­i­tive steps to re­duce our green­house gas emis­sions.

Na­tional is be­ing fis­cally short­sighted as fail­ing to ad­dress these and other so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues now will cost our na­tion a lot more in the fu­ture.

Karla Rix-Trott, Raglan.

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