17 March 2009

"you know i'm bad, i'm bad...."

In a conversation today I said it was appalling that Australia was throwing away its manufacturing sector and had been for some time. We need a manufacturing industry, we need the R&D that underpins the development of new widgets, we need the engineering, mathematical and conceptual skills base that drives the R&D, we need kids in school studying maths and science to obtain the understanding of real and theoretical things that eventually grow into that skills base.

If we don't, it's not so much that we end up being a nation of financial whizzkids, accountants and people who dig things up and grow things (I've heard university-educated graziers talk about genetics, that's all very much a Good Thing)...it's we end up being beggars.

I know it's wrong, it's bad, it's anti-economic theory....

Well it's anti some economic theory....

But, as you know.....you know it makes sense.


Ann ODyne said...

... and somebody somewhere is saying 'talk to the hand'
You Know It.

phil said...

Yeah. It's a complete bummer.

iODyne said...

Stimulus Payment Information

“This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This
is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgin.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a
high-definition TV set or some such thing, thus stimulating the

Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.

Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the Australian
economy by spending your stimulus cheque wisely:
If you spend that money at Kmart, all the money will go to China .
If you spend it on petrol it will go to the Arabs.
If you purchase a computer it will go to India .
If you buy a car it will go to Japan .
If you purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan .

And none of it will help the Australian economy.
We need to keep that money here in Australia.

You can keep the money in Australia by:
spend-ing it at garage sales,
going to a cricket match or footy game, or spend it on prostitutes,
beer and wine (domestic ONLY), or tattoos, since those are the only
businesses that may still be owned by Aussies.

Thank you all Australians, Your mate,K.RUDD.

phil said...

Why thank you FG. You know, someone sent me this only the other day and I almost - almost mind you - made it a separate post. Just as well I didn't, eh? Wouldn't have been you, by any chance?

phil said...

No, it wasn't, now I look. But isn't life just chock-a-block with marvellous coincidences?

Ann ODyne said...

multiple personalities, multiple mailouts. sorry.
aka Brownie, aka Bwca, aka Dysthymiac, aka fargin great Marshal stacks

phil said...

I need to know more about how blogging works. Even though it's a little late.

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