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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:35 am

LABOR has pledged support for the Turnbull government if it joins a trade war against United States Failing Cheeto-Faced Ferret-Wearing Shit Gibbon.

Opposition treasury spokesman Chris Bowen said about $240 million in steel exports and $70 million in aluminium sales to America were at stake.

And other countries could attempt to dump cheap product on the Australian market if denied access to American buyers.

Mr Trump announced he will impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium, with no countries to be exempted.

“Well I think that we should look at all options in the national interest,” Mr Bowen told ABC radio. “And as I said, the Government would have the full support of the Labor Party for anything it does to convince the United States, and if that’s not successful then obviously the Government would be within its right to consider what comes next.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull discussed trade with Mr Trump in Washington last week but was given no assurances Australia would be affected badly by his trade policy.

In fact, the ABC reports Donald Trump “emphatically” promised to exempt Australian steel and aluminium from US tariffs during a meeting last year.

Australian Trade Minister Steve Ciobo at the weekend telephoned US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross but was unable to get any clarification. That was because at that stage even senior members of the Trump administration hadn’t been given the details of the President’s plans.

Mr Trump is being told by many sources, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, who telephoned him at the weekend, that the tariffs would hurt America’s allies such as the United Kingdom, South Korea and Canada.

But in a tweet today Mr Trump made clear no allies would be safe from his clampdown on imports. The warning came with a “sorry”, clearly a fake apology.

“We are on the losing side of almost all trade deals. Our friends and enemies have taken advantage of the US for many years,” he tweeted.

“Our Steel and Aluminium industries are dead.

“Sorry, it’s time for change! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Mr Trump’s move move could ignight a trade war, with Europe already threatening to put levies on American goods. This could push up interest rates, rock the stock market, and add to global economic uncertainty.

“So clearly this is the number one priority at the moment in the bilateral relationship that Australia should be pressing to the United States,” Mr Bowen said.

“One, an exemption for Australia, and two, more broadly, to step back a trade war here would be very damaging to everybody involved including the United States.

“This is a matter where all Governments in the world are fully entitled to press the incumbent administration on what should happen, and most particularly nations like ours who, we are told, are key strategic allies in the United States.

“We would need to see that reflected in a detailed policy response, not just in words and sentiment.”

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:38 am

Well Trumps Fucked the USA up royally
with the pending trade war with China and Mexico
He has gone and made every single one of the USA's Allies
declare they will Retaliate with their own tariffs on US goods.

the USA will go from 2nd biggest trader to barely trading.

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Post by Maddog on Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:49 am

veya_victaous wrote:Well Trumps Fucked the USA up royally
with the pending trade war with China and Mexico
He has gone and made every single one of the USA's Allies
declare they will Retaliate with their own tariffs on US goods.

the USA will go from 2nd biggest trader to barely trading.

There will still be trade. It will just raise the cost of everything for everyone involved in the "war".



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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:22 am

Maddog wrote:
veya_victaous wrote:Well Trumps Fucked the USA up royally
with the pending trade war with China and Mexico
He has gone and made every single one of the USA's Allies
declare they will Retaliate with their own tariffs on US goods.

the USA will go from 2nd biggest trader to barely trading.

There will still be trade. It will just raise the cost of everything for everyone involved in the "war".


 


Umm that is with the BIG Assumption that everyone doesn't decide to Cut the USA out. Everyone else can still trade with everyone else without Tariffs, it would only be US goods that are Tariffed across the globe.
SO it wont effect Most nations as much as the USA. since we will still have tariff-free trade amongst ourselves If anything we might gain new markets as the tariff on US goods means our competing goods become better value in comparison.

Let alone China using this opportunity to expand it's economic influence further.

the problem with most analysis I have seen out of the USA is it all assumes everyone else Will Sit there and take it, We won't (either will the EU or Asia), already we are all preparing counter tariffs and making new trade agreements that exclude the USA.

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Post by Maddog on Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:12 am

veya_victaous wrote:
Maddog wrote:

There will still be trade. It will just raise the cost of everything for everyone involved in the "war".


 


Umm that is with the BIG Assumption that everyone doesn't decide to Cut the USA out. Everyone else can still trade with everyone else without Tariffs, it would only be US goods that are Tariffed across the globe.
SO it wont effect Most nations as much as the USA. since we will still have tariff-free trade amongst ourselves If anything we might gain new markets as the tariff on US goods means our competing goods become better value in comparison.

Let alone China using this opportunity to expand it's economic influence further.

the problem with most analysis I have seen out of the USA is it all assumes everyone else Will Sit there and take it, We won't (either will the EU or Asia), already we are all preparing counter tariffs and making new trade agreements that exclude the USA.

It's funny how you are all of a sudden worried about a country raising a tarriff which is the same as a tax. I'm glad to see you beginning to understand how they can hurt an economy and consumers even if they are targeting and paid by global corporations.

Now if I could just see some consistency in your positions. Wink

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:06 am



15% of U.S. citizens are currently living below the "poverty" level...

Next year, once skyrocketing prices and plummeting paypackets bite home, it could well be 30% of Americans crying poor..

Many of whom either voted for the Dumpster,  or didn't bother to vote at all..

Big Donnie promised to "make 'merika gwate ag'in' !",  when what he should have said is "I promise to make 'merika number two before the end of my first term  !!!"

While the rest of the world is looking at a pending recession if worse comes to worse, Donnie Dumpster seems determined to push the USA over the brink and into a technical 'Depression'..

Let's just hope that our Amerikan comrades are well cashed up to chase any buying opportunities when the NYSE crashes in a few months...       Suspect

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Post by Maddog on Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:43 pm

WhoseYourWolfie wrote:

15% of U.S. citizens are currently living below the "poverty" level...

Next year, once skyrocketing prices and plummeting paypackets bite home, it could well be 30% of Americans crying poor..

Many of whom either voted for the Dumpster,  or didn't bother to vote at all..

Big Donnie promised to "make 'merika gwate ag'in' !",  when what he should have said is "I promise to make 'merika number two before the end of my first term  !!!"

While the rest of the world is looking at a pending recession if worse comes to worse, Donnie Dumpster seems determined to push the USA over the brink and into a technical 'Depression'..

Let's just hope that our Amerikan comrades are well cashed up to chase any buying opportunities when the NYSE crashes in a few months...       Suspect

No worries. I have my guns for when it all comes crashing down. Wink

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:32 pm

Maddog wrote:
veya_victaous wrote:
Maddog wrote:

There will still be trade. It will just raise the cost of everything for everyone involved in the "war".


 


Umm that is with the BIG Assumption that everyone doesn't decide to Cut the USA out. Everyone else can still trade with everyone else without Tariffs, it would only be US goods that are Tariffed across the globe.
SO it wont effect Most nations as much as the USA. since we will still have tariff-free trade amongst ourselves If anything we might gain new markets as the tariff on US goods means our competing goods become better value in comparison.

Let alone China using this opportunity to expand it's economic influence further.

the problem with most analysis I have seen out of the USA is it all assumes everyone else Will Sit there and take it, We won't (either will the EU or Asia), already we are all preparing counter tariffs and making new trade agreements that exclude the USA.

It's funny how you are all of a sudden worried about a country raising a tarriff which is the same as a tax.  I'm glad to see you beginning to understand how they can hurt an economy and consumers even if they are targeting and paid by global corporations.  

Now if I could just see some consistency in your positions.  Wink

Taxes on Goods and Services are by Nature regressive taxes (unless they are specifically targeted "luxury" taxes) as the tax is a greater proportion of the lower income earners available resources
I support a progressive Income tax system where the More you earn the higher your tax rate

All Taxes are not Equal, and do not serve the same purpose
To Raise funds to Provide Public services is Very different than to decrease the competitiveness of a more efficient producer.

My position is Consistent but is Nuanced enough o Actually be based in reality as opposed to Your Comic book madness

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Post by Maddog on Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:37 pm

veya_victaous wrote:
Maddog wrote:

It's funny how you are all of a sudden worried about a country raising a tarriff which is the same as a tax.  I'm glad to see you beginning to understand how they can hurt an economy and consumers even if they are targeting and paid by global corporations.  

Now if I could just see some consistency in your positions.  Wink

Taxes on Goods and Services are by Nature regressive taxes (unless they are specifically targeted "luxury" taxes) as the tax is a greater proportion of the lower income earners available resources
I support a progressive Income tax system where the More you earn the higher your tax rate

All Taxes are not Equal, and do not serve the same purpose
To Raise funds to Provide Public services is Very different than to decrease the competitiveness of a more efficient producer.

My position is Consistent but is Nuanced enough o Actually be based in reality as opposed to Your Comic book madness

You are correct about consumption taxes being slightly worse than a progressive income tax, but all taxes drive up the costs of products directly or indirectly.

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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:06 am

and so what if the prices are slightly higher across a range of goods, if it means that Critical Services like health and education are universally available.

Fuck, do you really value 10% off a smart phone more than poor American Child's life??

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Post by Maddog on Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:29 pm

veya_victaous wrote:and so what if the prices are slightly higher across a range of goods, if it means that Critical Services like health and education are universally available.

Fuck, do you really value 10% off a smart phone more than poor American Child's life??

So what if folks have a hard time buying groceries for their kids eh?

A tariff could raise the money to save a child's life. Wink

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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:54 pm

Maddog wrote:
veya_victaous wrote:and so what if the prices are slightly higher across a range of goods, if it means that Critical Services like health and education are universally available.

Fuck, do you really value 10% off a smart phone more than poor American Child's life??

So what if folks have a hard time buying groceries for their kids eh?  

A tariff could raise the money to save a child's life.  Wink

but If the tariff Works then you don't get any tariff money because People buy American made instead Wink

Much better off taking the money out of paychecks to pay for social services

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:11 am

Maddog wrote:
veya_victaous wrote:and so what if the prices are slightly higher across a range of goods, if it means that Critical Services like health and education are universally available.

Fuck, do you really value 10% off a smart phone more than poor American Child's life??

So what if folks have a hard time buying groceries for their kids eh?  

A tariff could raise the money to save a child's life.  Wink

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Tariffs never help poor people...

There are two effective ways of helping those poor people, in the short term ==

* Raise their gross income, whether through higher minimum wage levels, more realistic wage increases;

* Raise the tax-free threshold, and the progressive tax levels for those low paid workers -- so that they have more takehome pay to buy more food..

Tariffs put up prices of imported goods, thereby adding to inflationary pressures for the next year, which will flow through to increased costs of living for virtually everybody. They might save the jobs of 2% of the steel industry's workforce, and give a few more a nice little payrise into the deal; but millions of everyday Americans will be paying the price.. Especially if a trade war breaks out in a few months, even worse if the US economy tanks next year...

Cutting corporate taxes only makes the bosses richer, as they go and buy another house, more shares, a horse stud, a new yacht -- none of which will "trickle down" to the lower 70% of the economy.

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Post by Original Quill on Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:23 am

Already, since the Tax Act, corporations have exercised corporate buy backs to the tune of $200-billion.  Corporations have only committed $30-billion to wages, and then only one-time bonuses, which do not raise wage levels.  So you see where the money is going.

It's nice to see one's predictions come true.  It would be better for American if the figures were reversed, as the Republicans promised.

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Post by Maddog on Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:22 am

WhoseYourWolfie wrote:
Maddog wrote:

So what if folks have a hard time buying groceries for their kids eh?  

A tariff could raise the money to save a child's life.  Wink

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Tariffs never help poor people...

There are two effective ways of helping those poor people, in the short term ==

*   Raise their gross income, whether through higher minimum wage levels, more realistic wage increases;

*   Raise the tax-free threshold, and the progressive tax levels for those low paid workers  --  so that they have more takehome pay to buy more food..

Tariffs put up prices of imported goods, thereby adding to inflationary pressures for the next year, which will flow through to increased costs of living for virtually everybody.   They might save the jobs of 2% of the steel industry's workforce, and give a few more a nice little payrise into the deal;  but millions of everyday Americans will be paying the price..       Especially if a trade war breaks out in a few months,  even worse if the US economy tanks next year...

Cutting corporate taxes only makes the bosses richer, as they go and buy another house, more shares,  a horse stud, a new yacht  --  none of which will "trickle down" to the lower 70% of the economy.

I know tariffs don't help poor people. Hence the winkie sunshine. Wink

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Post by Tommy Monk on Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:47 am

Wolf... you have absolutely no idea about economics... clearly...


Your 'short term' fix ideas, are typical of labour govt thinking here in uk... knee jerk reactionary... and always creating many more widespread and longer term problems by their intervention, than they actually solved...



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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:03 am

Tommy Monk wrote:Wolf... you have absolutely no idea about economics... clearly...


Your 'short term' fix ideas, are typical of labour govt thinking here in uk... knee jerk reactionary... and always creating many more widespread and longer term problems by their intervention, than they actually solved...


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Piss off with your "I'm alright, Jack !"/"Beggar thy neighbour" attitudes,  Tommy...

Not only did I study Economics in years 11 and 12 at school;  it was also a first year subject in my Ag' course at  Hawkesbury (Uni' of Western Sydney..).

You're clearly the last person who should be lecturing anybody on here about economics.

I consider people like you with your right-wing "economic rationalist" (you should Google that for your own education..) and pro-corporatist ideas to be a traitorous threat to honest workers everywhere..      You would have 80% of your fellow countrymen living in  misery and poverty if you ever had your way...      

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Post by Original Quill on Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:20 am

Precisely my feeling, wolf.  Where the fuck does he get the gall even speaking about economics?  Ignorant twat.

He doesn't even know the definition of socialism. He got his learning out of comic books.

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Post by Didge on Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:24 am

Original Quill wrote:Precisely my feeling, wolf.  Where the fuck does he get the gall even speaking about economics?  Ignorant twat.

He doesn't even know the definition of socialism.  He got his learning out of comic books.


Neither do you know the definition of Socialism

For example there is many forms

Religious socialism
Libertarian socialism
Democratic socialism
Liberal socialism
Progressive socialism
Communism

Still all a nightmare

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Raise wages for the people on lowest pay, then everyone else demands wage rise too... then all that does is make eveything more expensive as costs are passed down to consumers, and inflation rises...


The real problem here in UK is the huge increase in cost of living, ie housing costs, over the last 20 years, and all because of labour opening the taps on mass immigration... which not only massively increased housing costs (too many people flooding in so shortage of housing, supply and demand = cost increases), but at the same time suppressed wages and wage rises (over supply of cheap labor lowering demand for labor = wages fell or stagnated)...


Plus the more expensive it becomes to make/provide goods/services here... the more that will go out of business as it becomes cheaper to import from elsewhere...


And don't even start me on the huge cost to the taxpayer for all these immigrants and their children... so fukking the UK in multiple ways... thats lefty/labour thinking about economics for you... no thinking at all as they have no clue about any of it!!!



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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:37 pm

So raising wages is bad and leads to inflation. But those damned immigrants are keeping wages from rising!

You ridiculously conservative types sure twist yourselves into knots.

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Post by Tommy Monk on Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:10 pm

The problem is the huge above inflation rise in the cost of living, namely housing over the last 20 years, caused by mass immigration... that wages/rises simply cannot keep up with...


This is compounded by the over supply of all this cheap immigrant labor, by it holding down wages/rises...


It also has massive costs to taxpayer... as labour started to quickly see... hence all the 'stealth taxes' they brought in, and their other gerrymandering of the figures to try to hide the problem... all the 'off balance sheet' borrowing too... then eventually running out of hiding places and the shit really started to be seen as they left govt with borrowing at 165billion pounds a year!!!



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Post by Original Quill on Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:39 pm

Didge wrote:
Original Quill wrote:Precisely my feeling, wolf.  Where the fuck does he get the gall even speaking about economics?  Ignorant twat.

He doesn't even know the definition of socialism.  He got his learning out of comic books.


Neither do you know the definition of Socialism

For example there is many forms

Religious socialism
Libertarian socialism
Democratic socialism
Liberal socialism
Progressive socialism
Communism

Still all a nightmare

Didge, you are a collector, not a ratiocinator or theorist. ^ Look at your answer...a collection, offering no analytical detail.  And all you do in your many posts, is collect through your many, many c&p's, tho some of them are thoughtful in themselves.  The point is, you didn't do the thinking.

Here again, you offer no analytical thinking as to what is socialism.  Think about what the term "analysis" means; Galileo described it as the resolutive/compositive method--to take apart and put together.  Until you understand the internal, systemic workings of something--until you take it apart and put it back together--you don't understand it.  Tommy does not understand the internal, systemic workings of socialism, and neither do you.

I'm not touting my skills, but I am willing to defend my position.  I have offered detailed descriptions of socialism, from its history to its analytical meaning.  I have offered books and articles that discuss the topic.  I have offered scholars, such as George Lichtheim, Bertrand Russell, and Leon Trotsky, who are the contemporary and recent experts on socialism.  Until you reach that level of proficiency on the subject, you don't pass the litmus test.

And tommy sure doesn't.

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Post by Maddog on Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:30 pm

Original Quill wrote:
Didge wrote:


Neither do you know the definition of Socialism

For example there is many forms

Religious socialism
Libertarian socialism
Democratic socialism
Liberal socialism
Progressive socialism
Communism

Still all a nightmare

Didge, you are a collector, not a ratiocinator or theorist. ^ Look at your answer...a collection, offering no analytical detail.  And all you do in your many posts, is collect through your many, many c&p's, tho some of them are thoughtful in themselves.  The point is, you didn't do the thinking.

Here again, you offer no analytical thinking as to what is socialism.  Think about what the term "analysis" means; Galileo described it as the resolutive/compositive method--to take apart and put together.  Until you understand the internal, systemic workings of something--until you take it apart and put it back together--you don't understand it.  Tommy does not understand the internal, systemic workings of socialism, and neither do you.

I'm not touting my skills, but I am willing to defend my position.  I have offered detailed descriptions of socialism, from its history to its analytical meaning.  I have offered books and articles that discuss the topic.  I have offered scholars, such as George Lichtheim, Bertrand Russell, and Leon Trotsky, who are the contemporary and recent experts on socialism.  Until you reach that level of proficiency on the subject, you don't pass the litmus test.

And tommy sure doesn't.

One thing is for certain. No one can type more words and say nothing than Quill.

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Re: Trade war Against the USA all but declared by US allies

Post by Tommy Monk on Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:14 pm

veya_victaous wrote:
Maddog wrote:

There will still be trade. It will just raise the cost of everything for everyone involved in the "war".


 


Umm that is with the BIG Assumption that everyone doesn't decide to Cut the USA out. Everyone else can still trade with everyone else without Tariffs, it would only be US goods that are Tariffed across the globe.
SO it wont effect Most nations as much as the USA. since we will still have tariff-free trade amongst ourselves If anything we might gain new markets as the tariff on US goods means our competing goods become better value in comparison.

Let alone China using this opportunity to expand it's economic influence further.

the problem with most analysis I have seen out of the USA is it all assumes everyone else Will Sit there and take it, We won't (either will the EU or Asia), already we are all preparing counter tariffs and making new trade agreements that exclude the USA.


The EU imposed tariffs on steel last year... up to 74% import duty!!!


https://www.metalbulletin.com/Article/3665332/EU-imposes-definitive-duties-at-65-74-on-heavy-plate-from-China.html


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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:54 pm

Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly wrote:
So raising wages is bad and leads to inflation. But those damned immigrants are keeping wages from rising!

You ridiculously conservative types sure twist yourselves into knots.

Cool

Poor ol' Tommy sure does like to display his lack of education and his ignorance over so many subjects...

Whether that be in economics, science or political history..

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Re: Trade war Against the USA all but declared by US allies

Post by Tommy Monk on Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:05 pm



'...The new figures for housing affordability in England and Wales between 1997 and 2016 have been issued by the Office for National Statistics. They said the median price paid for a home leapt by 259% over this period, while median individual annual earnings could only manage a 68% rise...'


https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/mar/17/average-house-price-times-annual-salary-official-figures-ons



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Re: Trade war Against the USA all but declared by US allies

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:13 am

Didge wrote:
Original Quill wrote:Precisely my feeling, wolf.  Where the fuck does he get the gall even speaking about economics?  Ignorant twat.

He doesn't even know the definition of socialism.  He got his learning out of comic books.


Neither do you know the definition of Socialism

For example there is many forms

Religious socialism
Libertarian socialism
Democratic socialism
Liberal socialism
Progressive socialism
Communism

Still all a nightmare

scratch

So, young Mr. Dodge...

Where is your own "definition" of socialism ???

All you keep on showing us is that you apparently still don't recognise the fundamental differences between genuine "socialism", communism, and totalitarian mutations of either..

Your above effort is pure and unadulterad balderdash -- unrecognisable in both the economic and political sense.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:37 am

Tommy Monk wrote:
'...The new figures for housing affordability in England and Wales between 1997 and 2016 have been issued by the Office for National Statistics. They said the median price paid for a home leapt by 259% over this period, while median individual annual earnings could only manage a 68% rise...'

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/mar/17/average-house-price-times-annual-salary-official-figures-ons

Cool

Go back and study your economic history, and you will find the origins of both problems in the "greed is good !" days of the 1980's Reaganomics/Thatcherism era, followed by corporations practically lording it over many western governments from the 1990s...

With their lunatic "trickle down"/"laissez faire" policies wishlists involving low wage-growth/increased productivity, no minimum wage, reduced OH&S, no environmental protection, "bash the unions", low corporate taxes, increased negative gearing on property investments..

Culminating in those "low doc" home loans/whackjob Fanny May and Freddy Mac schemes in the USA/resultant 'junk bonds' with no underlying value,  leading into the GFC.

And poor ol' Britain suffered even further damage by having the centre-right Tony Blair and his nasty little gang of lawyers and accountants hijacking the British Labour movement and following their own 'pragmatic' Thatcher-Lite policies..


Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA all have similar problems today, with flat wages and increasing housing unaffordability, to various degrees -- as a result of such government largesse to big business, and increasing bastardry towards the average worker...

I have to laugh whenever I see you conservative diehards trying to blame some imaginary Labour/Democrat/"socialist"/"left wing" philosophies for these current problems, when all of our countries have seen several changes of governments both ways over the past three decades..

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Post by Tommy Monk on Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:32 am



You try to talk about 'economics', but fail to recognise one of the fundamental basic principles of it, which is 'supply and demand'...!


In 1997, the incoming labour govt quickly opened the doors to mass immigration... 100s of thousands of people have flooded in every year since then...


Too many people and limited available housing = massive increase in housing costs!


It's a fundamental 'supply & demand' problem... and can't be fixed by a simpleton leftys knee jerk quick fix idea of just raising wage levels a bit... as that just raises everyones wages a bit, and everyone is able to pay a bit more for the available housing, which in turn just raises the costs even more!!!


As the demand is still the same, and only ever increasing with even more immigrants coming in... while supply continues to be at a lower level than the increase in demand!!!


Mass immigration is the cause of the problems... and needs to end, to stop the problem getting worse!!!



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Post by veya_victaous on Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:43 am

@tommy
if that were true then why does Australia and New Zealand have the same problems?

Sydney house prices have gone up more than London Rolling Eyes

it is being caused by wealth being concentrated in too few hands, the rich are getting richer but everyone else is staying the same while cost of living goes up. it comes back to wages growing at less than inflation, which is compounded by corporate tax cuts and evasion.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:02 am

Tommy Monk wrote:

You try to talk about 'economics', but fail to recognise one of the fundamental basic principles of it, which is 'supply and demand'...!


In 1997, the incoming labour govt quickly opened the doors to mass immigration... 100s of thousands of people have flooded in every year since then...


Too many people and limited available housing = massive increase in housing costs!


It's a fundamental 'supply & demand' problem... and can't be fixed by a simpleton leftys knee jerk quick fix idea of just raising wage levels a bit... as that just raises everyones wages a bit, and everyone is able to pay a bit more for the available housing, which in turn just raises the costs even more!!!


As the demand is still the same, and only ever increasing with even more immigrants coming in... while supply continues to be at a lower level than the increase in demand!!!


Mass immigration is the cause of the problems... and needs to end, to stop the problem getting worse!!!

Rolling Eyes

Stop talking your utter and total xenophobic bullshite, Tommykins...

Just grow a spine, and admit you simply don't have a clue..

Letting big business lobbysists dupe you, yet again.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:26 am

veya_victaous wrote:
@tommy
if that were true then why does Australia and New Zealand have the same problems?

Sydney house prices have gone up more than London Rolling Eyes

it is being caused by wealth being concentrated in too few hands, the rich are getting richer but everyone else is staying the same while cost of living goes up. it comes back to wages growing at less than inflation, which is compounded by corporate tax cuts and evasion.



Too true, that...

In the latest "housing unaffordability" rankings,  Hong Kong is again #1,  with Oz taking #2 (Sydney) and #6 (with Melbourne..),  and Auckland in NZ coming in at #4..

The highest UK city is ranked #10 this year, having been leapfogged by a couple of American cities.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/01/23/sydney-has-the-second-most-unaffordable-housing-in-the-world_a_21661117/

And, a slightly different way of looking at things, Melbourne moves to #5, Auckland drops to #9, and London moves into #10 slot :

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/sydney-melbourne-among-worlds-least-affordable-cities-us-survey-20180122-h0m7br

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Post by Tommy Monk on Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:21 pm

What are the immigration numbers over the last 20 years... for Australia and New Zealand...?

And before you try to call me racist again... some of those immigrants will be white British..,!




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Hong Kong is vastly overpopulated.. as you should well know... many mainland Chinese flood into there too... so immigration again...

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