Time to practise Robin Hood tactics

Re: ‘Something is out of whack here’, The Weekend Sun, January 4, 2019. Well, I totally agree with A Bourne of Bethlehem.

Yes I certainly remember the days – late-1960s and 1970s when rents were cheap – at $4 to $6 per week! Mothers stayed home to mind the kids and life was truly sweet when the then-Government offered young families the ‘right to cash in their family benefit. Wow wee – this gave them a deposit to buy a section and build a house! What a true prize.

And my husband, a teacher, was able to take the family away in the Christmas holidays to stay at a motel for two weeks and often hire a bach up at Cooks Beach for another 2 weeks.

So what has happened? This is what I know, power bills are horrific and we can’t use wood-fired barbecues, rents are honestly disgusting, public schools have fees, and private schools receive Government support as well? This was not so in the 1950s.

How do we correct the system? The whole country must stand up and object to directors’ salaries – they don't need – as they already earn great money. Cut, cut and I repeat cut!

Legal fees - You Know we have triple the lawyers per capita than Japan… mmmm...

Clean up housing for the lower-income families – halve their rents – and reinstate no medical charges for families – nothing was charged 1950-1970s.

It really is time to practise Robin Hood tactics.Tax the higher-income earners and don’t let them off the hook. They will just have to resort to one car and fewer holidays!

A Wicksteed, Bellevue.


Great quote from Denis Waitley

Posted on 16-01-2019 07:07 | By crazyhorse

“A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make.” “When you blame others, you give up your power to change your life, or, to "better" it!.

.Tax the higher-income earners

Posted on 15-01-2019 14:04 | By crazyhorse

New Zealand has already suffered from our "high earners" leaving the country, I think it was called brain drain, , real estate in Auckland and Wellington is outrageously expensive and this is driven by investors mostly from overseas, Chinese probably no 1, if the government was serious it would do something about that, it is not up to your fellow K1W1’s to bring up your children or pay for your housing unless you are not able to for a "reason!’ it’s blatantly obvious that a certain part of the population think they are owed a living this presents its self in the size of welfare based families versus working families if you are not working or have never worked and have 6 children then it is obvious that you expect the state, "us" to pick up the bill, responsible people take responsibility for themselves and their families.

It's not about bludging.

Posted on 14-01-2019 17:22 | By R. Bell

It’s about equity. No one should be ’punished’nor should the state pay for everything. That is typical ’trumpian’ nonsense intended to deflect the true intent of the above letter. The simple indisputable fact is that the single most important requirement for any young family, is now impossible to afford for even those on a decent wage. Neither groutby nor crazyhorse offer any answers to the total imbalance that has occurred from when the cost of a new house and section was equivalent to two to three times our annual wage in the sixties, to now, more like ten times. Corporate greed,shareholders greed, and government complacency all contribute. Rewards for "hard work"no longer deliver what is required. Sadly. Robin Bell.

I had to re-read it..........

Posted on 13-01-2019 20:35 | By groutby

........to confirm if the writer was actually serious. I share the views of crazyhorse in regard to the assumption that those who actually have well paid jobs with a future, should be punished for doing so!..yes there are (and always will be even in Communist countries,) people who are ’generously’ rewarded in some cases for seemingly doing little, but nonetheless to suggest reducing such salaries for those lucky enough and probably paying high taxes now is just nuts!.. To try and compare living today to that of the 1950’s is equally sad, do we want to return to ’post war’ conditions, technologies and lifestyle?..I doubt it. No, everything in our garden is not ’rosey’, but the harder you work to achieve, the larger the reward..all to many want ’free stuff’ all the time, such letters do nothing to promote human ethics and standards at all.


Posted on 11-01-2019 10:40 | By crazyhorse

What an amazing letter, and written with such sincerity, the "state" pays for everything!, that means us, the people who pay the taxes, the people who take responsibility, educate themselves , have only the children "they" can afford to raise, there are people in NZ in real need but welfare or government is not a right or lifestyle, the attitude of this letter writer begs belief!. Yeah right tax the high earners they educated themselves or just work hard to prop up the losers that won’t and I don’t mean the real people in need!.

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