Politician of the Week

Paula Bennett has had a blinder this week. She stood in the house and handed Jacinda Ardern and Meteria Turei their arses when they accused her of “leaking”:

Truth then published an article that was clearly ghost written by David Shearer’s dumped bitch, filled with invective and hyperbole against Paula Bennett and attacking her for bashing beneficiaries. Apparently she is New Zealand’s most hated politician…according to pinkos. Even more hated by the left than John Banks?

What an outstanding achievement.

The only thing you can fault Paula Bennett for in bashing beneficiaries is she is using the kid gloves instead of the iron gauntlet.

She is politician of the Week.

  • thor42

    If beneficiaries hate Paula and the Nats, maybe they should head over to that “socialist paradise” called Greece.
    There, they will find out how bloody lucky they are in New Zealand. With any luck, they’ll be refused entry when they try to come back.

    • blazer

      its availability of credit ,ignoring prudent guidelines ,compliments of Goldman Sachs and other bankers on how to circumvent Euro fiscal covenants that lead to the ‘irrational exuberance’ in Greece…once again debt equalled asset and big bonus for banksters.

      • thor42

        “Banksters” and Goldman Sachs had nothing at all to do with it.

        I didn’t see anyone pointing a gun at the Greek politicians and saying “hey – you’d better put the country in mega-debt or else…..”.

        The buck stops with the leaders of a country.
        It is that simple. The people you mention are nothing more than “accessories to the crime”.
        They are NOT the ones primarily responsible.

        The Greek politicians chose to “max out the Greek credit card” as it were, and the chickens are coming home to roost in the mother-of-all-flocks.

        • blazer

          do some reasearch…heres a starter for you…..’early in 2010, Goldman Sachs stood accused of worse, when the bank was revealed as one of the architects of the emerging Greek disaster. Not only was it blamed for helping conceal the true state of the country’s finances, but it was accused of eventually betting against its sovereign debt, along with other major banks. ‘A plethora of evidence available.

          • CJA

            Which website was this from? I’d like to have a read. Thanks.

          • blazer

            easy ..google this…Goldman role in Greece finances…hey presto!

          • CJA

            Makes for interesting reading but as mentioned by Thor above it takes two to tango and I bet you they were paid for their time by the Greek government to do a job. Which by the look of it they did very effectively (obviously to the detriment of the country).

          • blazer

            this is what Thor said…’”Banksters” and Goldman Sachs had nothing at all to do with it.’…takes 2 to tango does not exonerate them.

          • CJA

            I never said it did. I think you have to look at the other side of the table as well though.

          • blazer

            Goldman and co as you would have noticed play heads we win,tails you lose.They sell the CDO’s earning fees and then bet on them to fail*(the ones they just convinced you to buy).Hilarious not.

  • In Vino Veritas

    Funny, isnt it, that the left and all their supports seem to think that when one has some rules put around a benefit, and perhaps some taken away, it is “bashing”, but when they increase taxes (in any or all of its forms), thereby taking away from honest, hard working New Zealanders, its OK?

    • blazer

      and when you are obscenely wealthy ,most often compliments of the NZ govt and you pay bugger all tax,its called prudent tax ‘minimisation’,funny that.

      • CJA

        Basis for your comment?

      • Name

        Oh this cumstain again. They pay a hell of a lot more tax even after minimisation then Dumbbreed Mclazyfuck would pay from his dole money.

      • In Vino Veritas

        blazer, you have absolutely zero evidence that obscenely wealthy don’t pay tax, you’ve just bought the socialist propaganda line that they don’t. You clearly have no working knowledge of the Income Tax Act, nor of the IRD. Stick to comic books.

        • blazer

          well thats what Sam Morgan(someone who made money without govt help)says!

          • CJA

            And how much did Sam Morgan’s company’s and or trusts pay in tax?

          • blazer

            I am not privvy to this private information.He is of course.

        • blazer

          comprehension not your strong point!Where do I say NO tax?

          • CJA

            Inferred above by ” pay bugger all tax” which usually means not very much or am I missing something?

          • blazer

            don’t worry about inferred …stated by me ‘bugger all’…stated by you ‘don’t pay tax’…not very much is not none…get it yet.

          • CJA

            Actually I didn’t state that it was IVV. Reread the thread.

          • blazer

            right you are ,you inferred,he stated …both wrong.

          • CJA

            Just out of interest do you have any wealthy clients that pay tax? Do you work in the finance industry?

          • blazer

            critique my messages if you like…all else myob.

          • CJA

            Why because you think people will judge you?

          • blazer

            does not require explaining.

          • CJA

            Why not?

          • blazer

            probably because I see no need and it is not a pre requisite to post here.You may divulge your identity,occupation and personal details if you wish…who knows it may catch on…away you go.

          • CJA

            Fair enough. As you may have noticed I have posted a few times on Whale Oil (before I registered with Disqus) and I am a chartered accountant (if you read any pre Disqus comments you’ll note I comment on tax and accounting matters). I’m in Auckland and enjoy commenting here. I agree identity and personal details are not necessary but I think it’s good to know who you are debating against. You seem to comment on finance matters quite a bit so was interested as to whether you were involved with the finance industry or am I wrong?

          • blazer

            I am interested in other peoples opinions .I am interested in economics/finance and philosophy .I am not an accountant.What is said, does it withstand scrutiny,rather than who said it ,I believe is more important.

          • Sarrs

            I’m also a chartered accountant and the biggest struggle I have is that people think companies and trusts pay no tax. People (and I suspect blazer) genuinely believe that. A lot of confusion is caused by the media reporting that such-and-such pays no tax – the key there is that they don’t pay it personally, it is paid by the company or the trust because that is where the income is but a significant amount of tax is paid nonetheless.

            Tax rates vary – companies and trusts pay flat tax rates while individuals pay tax on a sliding rate that is lower when you earn less and increases up to the maximum of 33% which also happens to be the trust tax rate. Companies pay at 28% but in order for shareholders to access the funds therein the company must issue a dividend which then requires an additional 5 cents per dollar of dividend withholding tax so everyone ends up paying 33%. Those who pay the least tax are the ones that a. earn the least or b. are eligible for WFF.
            Blazer – who are you talking about when you mention the obscenely wealthy who pay bugger all tax?

          • CJA

            Agreed. We have commented on quite a few topics together before Sarrs. The above is basically how most businesses in New Zealand are run with a few variances of course.

          • Random66

            Thanks for your post Sarrs. Coincidently I have just been going over our accounts today for signing off, courtesy of Deloittes, and I was thinking ‘how come we pay so much tax when clearly if you listen to some people e.g. blazer, our accountant should be smart enough to get it down to next to nothing’. Obvioulsy I have an honest accountant and I am certain I am paying my share, no more and no less. It’s the DWT I hate paying for some reason, but at the end of the day it is what it is.

          • blazer

            I am talking about the obscenely wealthy…the people who hardly earned it…like the Fays,Richwhites,Gibbs of the world…you know all the insider traders,recipients of corporate welfare,successful failures,that register coys offshore and arrange their affairs so that tax disparities pointed out by people like Warren Buffet are the norm.

          • Sarrs

            Those people are getting thin on the ground, especially so in NZ. This is how it works in NZ – someone finds a tax ‘loophole’, the IRD find it and close it down. Lather, rinse, repeat.

            Now that the courts are taking a ‘substance over form’ view of legislation – meaning that they prosecute based on the intent of the legislation, rather than the wording of it – ‘loopholes’ are now few and far between.

          • blazer

            now theres the ‘rub’ the courts view…with Fay/Richwhite ,the Winebox etc,it was the other way round…’form over substance’…the way the political win d blows ,it seems.Of course SFO boss after Sturt refused to prosecute,threatened resignation…wonder why,must have a nice retirement these days.

          • Sarrs

            I’m just pointing out that things are being done in this country to prevent something like the Winebox enquiry ever having to happen again. NZ is the least corrupt country in the OECD http://www.transparency.org.nz/index.php/component/content/article/8-news/116-2011-corruption-perceptions-index-ranks-new-zealand-as-the-least-corrupt-country

          • blazer

            could be wishful thinking ,taking into account your submission re finding loopholes and historical anecdotal evidence.Transparency Int has no credibility.

          • Sarrs

            Every law has loopholes, not just tax law. The key is how quickly they are closed. In this country, they move pretty damn quick. The reason NZ is perceived as least corrupt is because you can’t just buy your way out of trouble in this country. The IRD will fight you no matter how much money you have, you can’t just pay a high ranking official to make the problem go away.

          • blazer

            lawyers make law for other lawyers to find loopholes in right!As for dealing with IRD ..NZ’s foremost law firm’ seemed to manage it..tying up staff,obsfucation,non compliance,every trick in the book…I believe it does help to be in the Old Boy network,in fact I’m sure of it.But I concede it could be worse.

          • Tristanb

            No-one likes those people. But it’s you lefties who gave Annabel Fay tonnes of taxpayer money to make her shitty music videos. Why should we pay her to terribly sing terrible music? Just because it’s NZ music??

            Labour also gave guarantees to all the dodgy finance companies, who promised more than they could deliver. Any right wing government would have let the companies fail, and those who invested expecting ridiculous rates would find out the hard way the meaning of “too good to be true”.

            (Of course National hasn’t done anything about these concerns either.)

          • blazer

            the last line in brackets is the moneyshot.

          • BJ

            Well what’s ‘bugger all’ tax?

            Apart from income tax levels which we are all aware of that increase as income does (and for those of us that have had the gumption to start up our own business it is relative to work output), when you pay your own way for every good/service you get, some of that purchase price is payed in tax by the seller/provider from their profit and GST is payed as well. To give an alternative example, when one receives a benefit they have neither paid income tax or GST when their rent/food/clothes/alcohol/smokes/videos etc is paid by that benefit – while the rest of us have paid our own way and theirs too.

          • blazer

            do not confuse ‘obscenely wealthy’ with the aspirational middle class who are caught in the middle…battered and bruised by the Nats from the top down and the left from the bottom up.

      • Michael

        Obscenely wealthy? interesting, I am terrorized by Labour and Greens politicking. I am made to feel guilty for having a combined house hold income of 150K +.. We are all salary earners, no chance of dodging our income tax, no multiple houses or wads of cash under my bed, hell I live in Hamilton, so my house isn’t even 400k in value. Maybe we are doing it wrong, but this notion of being obscenely wealthy if you earn more than 55k is really misleading peoples judgement as to what is rich in this country.

        2 working parents, with 2 teenage kids trying to put their best foot forward for retirements and their kids future, but we are “rich pricks” as defined by yourself and the rest of the pinkos.

        It’s a real shame that people in this country that are working hard and who are (slowly) succeeding at working hard are victimized for their personal success in life. There is nothing vulgar about what we have, there is nothing that justifies the undue focus on people like us in the middle classes.

        • blazer

          you are not obscenely wealthy.Earlier post explains.

    • Pokerface

      Perhaps we could coin the phrase “Terrorising Taxpayers” and insert it in the MSM at every opportunity. The extreme language of the left is really tedious – time to give a little back!

  • Name

    The truth is only bought by trash anyway, so its no news.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Future PM Jacaranda Garden is blasting Paula Bennett folks…..

    • Red

      You didn’t watch the video then? And Material Who-rei made sense too I suppose?

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Well red, me and my leader Sheep – we have no clue about any videos…

  • LesleyNZ

    I saw Paula Bennett the other day on tele and thought she looked so gorgeous and relaxed and happy. Only those who dislike what she is doing hate her.

    • blazer

      I reckon her and Dotcom would make a great couple.

      • http://twitter.com/Inventory2 Inventory2

        She’s got far better taste than that Blazer

      • LesleyNZ

        No way! Dotcon is not gorgeous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000196953194 Paul Young

      I don’t mind what she is doing ……… but she’s a very fat little ball!

      • LesleyNZ

        Nasty.

  • anonymouse

    All good fun, but I was more intrigued by Muzza McCully in the background playing “does this chair turn into a lie-flat bed If I get really relaxed and look really bored” :)

  • Alloytoo

    If demanding that beneficiaries show up for job interviews sober and exhibit basic child care is considered bashing, then bash away Paula, bash away!

    • Name

      But imagine trying to deal with WINZ sober….

      • Alloytoo

        I’ve dealt with the South African equivalents, that’s an invitation to slit one’s wrists.

  • Sarrs

    Do you know what I love? The fact that the left actually take the time and effort to hate National politicians. I bet you that National (and the NZ public) couldn’t even name a quarter of Labour or Green MPs.

    They should ignore Paula Bennett and focus on the policy issues they disagree with. It’s politics, it isn’t personal.

    • Liberty

      “ I bet you that National
      (and the NZ public) couldn’t even name a quarter of Labour or Green MPs”

      You
      would be right there. Then what else can you expect when Electoral candidates
      are appointed by the union controlled central committee. Consequently you end up with

      Ex
      teachers and union hacks being a MP. Such and uninspiring lot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000196953194 Paul Young

    She’s not a good role model from a healthy living perspective. She’s more like a ‘roll model’.

    • AzaleaB

      Relevance? I thought she was being assessed on her political performance. FFS I tell my daughter that people judge you on your actions – not looks…but I am obviously idealistic. Its not just your comment Paul (not meaning to target you) but the crap that sometimes gets posted about Jacinda, Paula, Dotcom, Jerry and others in reference to looks is really frustrating. I am more interested in the fact the Dotcom is a criminal(not his weight), Paula is doing good stuff( not fat), Jacinda is pushing some ideology(not that is is pretty or looks liek a horse). Forgive but today – I am sick of it.
      I am fighting to get my kid to be a good citizen and be issue based as much as possible, but the adult population comments and judges like some of the bully’s at her school. Great role models. This verbal putdown language has consequences…one kid I know ( not mine thankfully) is self harming (cutting himself) in response to the same type of comments made here.
      God defend NZ and its stupidity.
      “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 NIV

      • fryup

        Nice AzaleaB. unfortunately you’ll see many personal put downs in this blog’s commentaries. It would do well for many of the posters to remember that quote from the bible, and avoid the obvious hypocrisy of accusing others of “Ad Hominem” attacks

    • Gazzaw

      Looks as though you could be a bit of a ‘chubby’ yourself Paul.

  • BJ

    She is an awesome politician

  • pukakidon

    A great example of a strong and motivated politician, this MP leaves most of the rest in her dust. It is always the way that real leaders have to make the hard decisions to foster the best outcome for those who are too naive and ignorant to understand the consequences of managing the country. Cindy and Meteria should watch and learn..

    • blazer

      if you think PB constructs policy you must be naieve,thick or both…she presents it.

      • pukakidon

        You are bloody right, leaders dont construct the policy they drive experts in their fields to do that. That is why I said leader you mutton. Leaders lead others and gain the best results. They take responsibility and kick arse for those that don’t shape up.

        Pitty the others don’t front up as leaders. A case in point is look to the anti-leader Shearer, where is the action taken against those that bullshitted him with fake evidence or those who provide hm with Moldy advice. Their arse should have been given the kick long ago. Only fools suffer fools.

        • blazer

          who are the experts she is ‘driving’?

          • Gazzaw

            Definitely not the remnants of the Helen-appointed MSD bureaucrats. They created the mess that PB is trying to fix.

          • blazer

            oh the irony of her being an ex beneficiary…does that make her an ‘expert’?

          • Name

            At least she got off the benefit unlike most of the people you support blazer

          • blazer

            well does that make her an expert or not?

          • pukakidon

            She is leading the team and allowing those we pay get on with it, if they cant then they go!! Remember ACC. That is the problem with your friends from Liarbour they think they are the experts and try to Micro manage, they have no expertise in anything other than leaching from the tax payer and handing out political bribes. This is the reason we went in to the Financial Crisis in such a poor position.

            Thank goodness the majority of the population recognised this for two terms. Liarborites are fantastic at running a small business. Give them a large one and they will make it a successful small one in no time.

          • blazer

            you clearly have no idea.We went into the GFC in a strong position,acknowledged by the Nats.

          • pukakidon

            Keep dreaming, we should have been in a much better position than we were. Commitment to Student bribes, purchase of a mill stone around our necks in Kiwi Rail, WFF, the list goes on.

            National have done a pretty good job and received the deserved praise. All this after the biggest natural disaster ever to occur in NZ.

          • blazer

            don’t forget we won the WC!

          • pukakidon

            I like it thinking positive!

          • pukakidon

            Your the only one saying she is an expert I said she was show great leadership. It is a pity too many working in the social system are died in the wool do nothings. Hopefully they will be and are being found out.

          • blazer

            where ewe find sheep,ewe will always find wool,just don’t let it be pulled over your eyes daggy boy.

          • Gazzaw

            Never said that blazer. She has her own team now. Being an ex beneficiary is certainly an advantage but it doesn’t make her any more of an expert than Dyson was.

          • pukakidon

            Thats typical Liarbour thinking, keep the man down and don’t try and think that anyone can better themselves, they must stay in the gutter with the rest of the losers. This is because once you educate and make someone successful they realise what a crock of shyte the left were preaching.

          • blazer

            I think you could do with educating.Blind faith and assumption wont get you far.

          • blazer

            when did she get this education and get made successful?

          • pukakidon

            She was educated the day she saw the Right way.

          • pukakidon

            The ones that have made us one of the world successes in the Financial Crisis. We would be like Greece if we had the idiots from the coalition of the damned stupid.

          • blazer

            so NZ is a world success…borrowing $300 mill every week!!You have already had an explaination as to why Greece needed bailing.

          • pukakidon

            Borrowing to pay for commitments and bribes made by your heros from Liarbour.

          • blazer

            even your Nat sources will tell you they inherited a balance sheet in good shape.Conditions have deteriorated under Nats watch.Not directly their fault of course.The GFC was caused by yanKeys Wall St ex colleagues.The repercussions will be felt for a long time yet.

          • pukakidon

            $13 billion in student loans now, no or little interest, students buggering off overseas, so they don’t have to pay it back. Labour have committed not only the country to debt but also a generation of students.who dont see any reason to pay it back. Thanks Helun .

          • blazer

            have the Nats knocked the student loan scheme on the head?

          • pukakidon

            It is not the loans it is the no interest bribe that has caused the problem. But you are right they should do something about it, However I am sure that Labour will then use it again as a bribe.

          • Gazzaw

            You’ve got it PD – cut the 2005 election bribes and we would no longer need to continue the borrowing which incidentally is no longer $300 million a week.

  • Changeiscoming

    I couldn’t clearly hear what Trevor Mallard said to receive his jolly good telling off. Can anyone make it out?

    • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

      He said that the Speaker was protecting a weak minister

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