What National should have done

Labour Election Campaign – Budget

Guest Post:

In the lead up to the 2017 election, National was running surpluses and had surpluses forecast to keep rolling in.

National had an opportunity to deliver real tax cuts that would reduce the size of government, give hardworking taxpayers a break and undermine the next government’s ability to blow out spending.

Instead of delivering a tax cut National thought they’d be cunning and decided to promise a moderate tax cut on the condition they won the 2017 election.

And what a failure it was.

As reported yesterday on Whaleoil National left the books in pretty good order, perfect for Labour to get off to a good start, being able to increase entitlements, make promises to special interest groups and all while they look to be relatively trustworthy spenders.

Had National used the surpluses they had worked towards over nine years on tax cuts, they wouldn’t have been handed over for Labour to squander.

Labour know how to push laws through which are very hard to undo, like Working for Families. Why can’t National learn and do the same thing?

How hard would it have been for Labour to undo tax cuts that the majority of New Zealanders would have been enjoying?

New Zealanders would look back at the good old days of National giving them their hard-earned cash back and look at Labour with disdain when their taxes went back up.

Nationals failure to look ahead was short-sighted and New Zealanders will pay for it. Whether it was just desperation to hold on to power, or incompetence, we’ll never know.

by M. Pearce

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A guest post submitted to Whaleoil and edited by Whaleoil staff.