Word of the day

05/05/2022

Coloratura – elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody, especially in operatic singing;  an elaborate melody with runs, trills, wide leaps, or similar virtuoso-like material, or a passage of such music; singing with florid ornamentation; a soprano skilled in coloratura singing.


Word of the day

05/05/2022

Ressentiment – a psychological state resulting from suppressed feelings of envy and hatred which cannot be satisfied; deep-seated resentment, frustration, and hostility accompanied by a sense of being powerless to express these feelings directly; a feeling of resentment and hostility, usually chronic, coupled with an inability to express the feeling or to act to change the situation;  vengeful, a petty-minded state of being that does not so much want what others have (although that is partly it) as want others to not have what they have. ;  a reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of one’s own inferiority/failure on to an external scapegoat; any cautious, defeatist, or cynical attitude based on the belief that the individual and human institutions exist in a hostile or indifferent universe or society; an oppressive awareness of the futility of trying to improve one’s status in life or in society.


Sowell says

05/05/2022


Winston Churchill’s wisdom

05/05/2022


House prices over 40 years

05/05/2022

This shows the real growth in house prices over 40 years:

I was chatting to someone yesterday who said when he bought her first house about 40 years ago it was about three times his annual income.

How much is the average house now compared with the average income – eight or nine times?


Majority want to keep own money

05/05/2022

More than two thirds of New Zealanders want to keep more of their own money:

The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll has found an overwhelming majority want a tax cut from the Finance Minister in this year’s Budget 2022. 

Labour’s dramatic drop in Newshub’s poll has the party under pressure and it’s showing. Meanwhile, the National Party is celebrating.  . . 

The poll put National ahead of Labour. It’s only one poll but does continue the trend of National support growing while Labour’s falls.

It gets worse for Labour because the poll also showed overwhelming support for tax cuts.

It’s bad news for them though, because the Finance Minister appears allergic to the idea. But perhaps the latest results of the Newshub-Reid Research poll will make him reconsider.

It asked: Do you think the Government should give New Zealanders a tax cut in the upcoming May Budget?

A clear majority – 68.7 percent – say yes, hand back over the cash, while only 23.7 percent said no. Even a majority of Labour voters – 54.2 percent – want a tax cut, with 35.7 percent saying no. 

But it’s not going to happen. 

“We do not agree that tax cuts that favour those who earn the most are the priority right now,” Robertson said in Parliament on Wednesday.

The political pressure is piling on from National.

“Kiwis are doing it incredibly tough in this cost of living crisis because of inflation and really what we want to do is be able to give more of their money back to them to spend and save it as they wish,” National leader Christopher Luxon said. .

That’s an important point.

This isn’t the government’s money, it’s the earnings of the people and it’s no surprise they want to keep a bit more of it.

Having the government which is wasting so much taking more of what you earn, or keeping a little more of your own money?

No contest.


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