The Traditional Left vs Right cock-fight has begun on how to fund Auckland‘s Transport projects (whether road or rail) in the wider community. You can fathom the two camps with Len Brown and Mike Lee cheer-leading the Left and John Key (notice how I can not put an opposition Councillor in here – wait Councillor Quax) cheer-leading the Right with all the same bull crap ideological throw away lines. Throw away lines which are My Way is the ‘Only Way and Your Way will Ruin the Nation Way’ and ‘You just can’t because ideologically it is wrong!’ Congratulations now I know why things never get done in New Zealand. One thing I do admire in US Politics (when either side is not being partisan jackasses as the far-right wing of the Republicans currently are) is bi-partisanship and consensus do actually come up often when both sides of The House or Senate work together for a mutual beneficial outcome for the USA. Germany seems to have the same as well if The Chancellor can assemble a Grand Collation which did not quite sink Germany during the Global Financial Crisis.
Me personally I am not interested in cock fights and quickly get bored with them, I am more of a progressive person who has a knack of seeking out the best of both worlds and getting a deal that often suits more then what either side could with their deals. Also (whether this is the Christian coming through in me) I am a selfless person especially in the work and political arena and always put the good of the greater need of others before myself. Simply put it means I do not feather my own nest (unless it’s from my own toils) at all and from time to time could be a detriment to me personally.
So lets take a look at the linked article and see what we can make from this – paragraph by paragraph.
Mayor Len Brown posted 13 revenue raising options to fund Auckland’s Transport Links – they were:
- general rates
- targeted rates
- development contributions
- regional income tax
- regional payroll tax
- regional sales tax
- tax increment funding
- regional fuel tax and RUC diesel levy
- tolling new roads
- road pricing on existing roads
- additional car parking charges
- visitor tax
- airport departure tax.
The Right led by Prime Minister Key called for selling Council Owned Assets or abandon the ideas. Others Like Councillor Quax and some Right Wing commentators (who called Len’s proposals the JAFA Tax) said Council needs to slash costs.
Congratulations to both sides for pointing out the flaming obvious from your camps while not considering the others – you have just contributed to the Cock Fight when the only winners are The Losers – us ratepayers for another 20 years of nothing done.
Look Mayor and Prime Minister, The Long Term Plan is up for debate and consultation, it is the LTP that sets the Budget for Council activities for the next 10 years thanks to the Local Government Act 2002. I for one do not give a Royal Flying Monkey’s Toss about your ideology, I do give that same toss when you try to frame the debate and have glaring omissions in The Draft LTP. Put all thirteen “JAFA Taxes” into The Draft LTP with some benefit and cost figures (which has been done), put in the range of selling down options for Port of Auckland and Auckland Airport and other assets, put in some projects that can be PPP’ed, put in which areas need a budget trim or rebalance so that; all of Auckland read all the options, have a good think and debate, write a submission and then base the final LTP based on the submissions which will be ratified in the Local Elections next year by us voters. Once that is all done then both Central and Local Governments must do as the wishes of their masters – US RATEPAYERS! No if’s, but’s or maybe – we have spoken and made our choice (even if that means to the hell of bankruptcy). But least we made our choice and have to stick with it rather than some Government’s crap decision which none of us wanted.
So I repeat, stop framing the debate – shove all the options in there (which is going to make one very long document) and let us decide for you.
It is rather simple and simple to do – thanks to Excel Tables 😀
Right that is my rant over for today
Time to stop procrastinating and draw up my Alternative Auckland Transport Plan – today 😮 😀