Monday, October 22, 2012
However, pointing out the left wing bias in everyday political discourse will invariably be meet with howls of derision. Reds under the bed? Calling the Labour Party full of Marxist ideology? Ooh, how extreme and how scary this unhinged person is for using the M word.
Which is why I am taking the time to remark on an otherwise unremarkable editorial in the Sunday Star Times this week. In a reaction to high salaried managers being at the helm when a stuff-up is discovered in government, the editorial calls on a salary cap.
It advocated for a cap of $400,000 because that is what the Prime Minister earns, and he is a very busy and important person went the logic. Why set the benchmark so high though, really? Surely, he is the most busiest and most important person in a command and control economy this Editorialist dreams about? So a CEO of a large government department perhaps needs their salary clipped at say $200,000 being only half as important, on account of there being so many other ministries?
The idea of maximum salaries is extremely left wing. What's also interesting is the excuse it takes to have this as the solution. Deconstructing the proposition, the editorial is suggesting perhaps a $400,000 per year salary is a permissible fee to pay for incompetence. How about instigating performance reviews? How about demanding salary tied to outcomes? Perhaps responsibility is too much a far right wing concept for this newspaper?
The Waikato Times also brings forth a policy suggestion by a "History Student" to cap salaries. Why a history student, and why that particular student? Are they what is used when credibility needs to be extra high? Perhaps the newspaper editor and the history student were both at the Marxist Not So Anonymous meeting held weekly on campus next to the Che Guevara Beret shop? Who knows?
The suggested maximum salary from the Waikato Times was $200,000. Because presumably, that's enough money for any-one, even with an ideal 60% tax rate. And presumably, this isn't just the State we are talking about, but the whole business sector.
Indeed, that is how the SST editorial finished off their proposal. Today - the government, and tomorrow, the private sector.
Infected with Marxism.
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