Cullen’s scorched earth policy has succeeded

April 24th, 2009 at 9:38 am by David Farrar

This week’s is online at NBR. Some extracts:

Bill English all but confirmed this week that the planned (and legislated) for 2010 and 2011 will be cancelled.

They are a casualty of not just the global recession, but a victim of ’s “Scorched Earth” policy, otherwise known as his 2008 Budget.

Dr Cullen was gleeful in the hours after his final budget. He smirked and gloated that he had left no money for National. In fact he agreed in an interview with Gordon Campbell that his budget was a “booby trap” for National. …

You can reduce taxes if you keep spending under control, but Dr Cullen increased spending in his final budget by a massive $4.5 billion, at the same time as he also delivered (finally) tax cuts which when fully implemented would reduce revenue by around $3 to $4 billion a year.

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One Response to “Cullen’s scorched earth policy has succeeded”

  1. vibenna (305 comments) says:

    Labour have left us with the fallout of a welfare bubble, due to their lax fiscal discipline, irrational exuberance, and willingness to bundle up obligations and sell them on to the next government.

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