I think Mr Rudd got it wrong. Here he is, handing out thousands of dollars to pensioners and people with children in an effort to stimulate the economy. Stimulating the economy is probably not a bad idea, as I have no desire to live through a depression, however I hope anyone who was actually a recipient of any of this money has enjoyed it, because I'm certain that some of our taxes have been used to contribute to the personal bank balances of people who earn more than us (but that's a totally different post for another day).
Where I think he went wrong was that there are other ways to stimulate the economy which would require no extra funds from the government. That's right. None.
All he has to do is declare a few more weeks of school holidays in the year.
Any of my readers who happen to be of school age are cheering (if I have any - drop me a line in the comments if you are actually at school).
Now I know that sounds odd, but hear me out. The reason I've thought of this is that my Beloved has a business where they make security screens and reglaze broken windows. They always get heaps of extra work during the school holidays as a result of vandalism and break-ins. It occurred to me that there would be more money generated by security firms, child care, and recreational activities as well.
So there you have it. A quick study to isolate the most destructive age groups, and they get a few extra weeks off school to do their bit for the economy.
How impressed do you think the government would be with this suggestion?
... Approximately Not At All.
Disclaimer: This post is not in any way intended to show support for destructive behaviour by any minors who may happen to read my blog. Don't do it.
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