The author was inspired to write ‘Poor Poppy and the Chocolate Man’ to help bring to the attention of all parents the realization that their children can become victims of a pedophile. At the same time she wishes to give the reader an insight into behind the scenes of the unknowing families, the law enforcement’s detectives’ efforts to help stamp out these ever increasing everyday heinous acts of behavior and the recognition for the introduction of harsher sentences.
The author also wishes to state that whilst the Australian Government has apologised to the stolen generation it is her heartfelt wish that through the pages of ‘Poor Poppy and the Chocolate Man’ a sincere apology will reach all of the children who have become victims of a pedophile.
Capitalism turns Communism
Rose C Taylor
“The Prime Minister has vowed to use the "greatest market failure" in 75 years to commit his Government to sensible new market regulation and intervention to stabilise the economy and save jobs.” 1
Far be it from me to suggest that socialism is a new word for communism but it certainly comes very close to becoming an ideology that in the past has led to not only corruption and wars but ultimately the near destruction of civil societies.
“The Labor and Liberal parties are at loggerheads about whether capitalism is to blame for the financial crisis, and if a little more socialism is the solution.”.2
If we are to believe Mr. Rudd’s statement that “Free market fundamentalism, underpinning greed, caused the global financial crisis which has now caused a global economic recession affecting every country in the world,” then why can’t he admit that since day one of the commencement of his Prime Ministership he has taken full advantage of the budget surplus; the result of which came about due to the “Free Market?”
When Mr. Rudd was in opposition did he take the government of the day to task about taking advantage of the “Free Market?”
He certainly took advantage of the “Free Market’s” ability to sustain the coffers that supplied the numerous flights back and forth to Australia to the various countries Mr. Rudd visited in the first year of his Prime Ministership.
His reference to the “absolute economic carnage” caused by the crisis did not mention his absolute carnage of the surplus budget left to him by the previous government.
If Mr. Rudd intends calling for activist governments to regulate financial markets and reduce inequalities due to unfettered capitalism I sincerely trust that he will apply these measure with great care and caution.
Our financial organisations must be allowed to maintain full regulation of their institutions in order to stop any further reduction in employment.
Are we to understand that by the Rudd government controlling our financial institutions, which they are ill equipped to undertake, that the future of our workforce would not be in jeopardy.
If the government cannot control the Reserve Bank’s decision on interest rates they should also not be in the position to control the financial decisions taken by our banking industry. It is because we already have in place the type of measures required to keep our financial institutions in a healthy position that Australia has been able, to date, to keep ahead of the financial global crisis.
In the words of the Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull, who blanched at Labor's new socialist tinge, I would have to agree that it is more than amazing that Mr. Rudd is turning his attention to the failed days of Gough Whitlam and his previous Prime Ministership. Do we really need another “sacking of an Australian government?”
As an older Australian I too, like Mr. Turnbull, shudder at the thought that Kevin Rudd intends to channel the Whitlam era in his forthcoming essay.”
Mr. Rudd has been quoted as saying “Free market fundamentalists were now turning to governments to rescue them from the crisis of their own making.” I would like to be quoted as saying “Who is going to save us from the Rudd government?”
If we are to accept as truth that the emperor has no clothes because of the global crisis caused by the great neo-liberal experiment of the past 30 years will the citizens of this country be expected to accept the plan that in order for Emperor Rudd to be clothed it will be carried out at the expense of a naked Australia.
“Will the real hero of cannibalizing please stand up.”
While on the one hand we are continually being told via the media that Mr. Rudd and his Treasurer Wayne Swan are working on a new economic stimulus package to boost spending, which is expected to be announced within days, we are also being told not to expect that Mr. Rudd's philosophical essay will put forward any specific measures to deal with the worsening global financial crisis.
When he says that the advantages of the free market should "not be thrown out with the bath water" did he stop to think that already his intervention with bank deposit guarantees has caused mayhem for retirees wishing to withdraw their hard earned funds in order to purchase suitable housing for their retirement years.
They may no longer have babies, however, it would appear that their savings have been watered off.
Mr. Rudd’s faith in the newly elected Democractic US President to "reconstitute properly regulated markets and rebuild domestic and global demand" should not be seen as his answer to Australia’s financial outcomes.
His supporters need jobs and so do those in opposition circles. Keeping a tight lid on all aspects of government is certainly an important task, but keeping a lid on ideas that will maintain sustainability is an even greater task.
By accusing past Liberal governments for bad management is a coward’s game.
The old saying “one should not throw stones in a glass house” fits the picture perfectly.
Mr. Rudd way well endorse Mr. Obama's criticism of greedy Wall Street financiers for being paid billions in bonuses while governments spend trillions to bail out their companies, but he must accept responsibility that his greed could well result in more financial harm here in Australia.
In fairness to the millions of Australian workers it is to be hoped that Mr. Rudd and his government take a good look at the history of past Labor Governments and ensure that their hidden history errors do not come back to haunt us all.
If history is to repeat itself may it do so positively in order that an article such as this one may not have to be written and/or repeatedly published in the editorial pages of our national newspapers.
Rose C Taylor
1st Feb 2009
1 Dennis Shanahan, Political editor | January 31, 2009 Article from: The Australian
2 Cathy Alexander and Andrew Drummond January 31, 2009 Article from: AAP http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,,24990091-5005961,00.html
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