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A bit right to the left of Social Credit
Northern Advocate - August 16th
 Once again Marie Kaire (13.8) was so right on this topic, but her side comments were not quite up to her usual standard.
Salaries these days are not paid in cash that could fit into a bucket, but by nil-volume computer-generated impulses manufactured in the banking system by use of a keyboard.
Sure, our talking heads on TV always represent money by wads of notes, but probably that is just an example of their level of intelligence, or perhaps a deliberate wish to fool people.  Such money is almost insignificant, representing about three percent only of our money supply. Probably less in practice because a lot of that is likely to be bound up in the drug trade.
And she could give the good-ole-Nats a break occasionally. Our present dive into economic neoliberalism (neocolonialism by big business) was started by a certain gentleman of the so-called Left who claimed to know everything about money but didn’t even know banks create it.
Is the moral such that Enzed should stop vacillating between two almost identical regimes labelled “Left” and ”Right” to fool people?  
To give serious thought to progressing forward with Social Credit?
John Rawson, Whangarei
Questions over MP's copter stand
Northern Advocate - August 14th
In an article last week about the re-organisation of the country’s rescue helicopter services, Whangarei MP Shane Reti is quoted as saying “Retaining the Northland Rescue helicopter service and its management in the region is vital”.
 
Question: Why then did your National Government initiate the review and open up tenders to outside and overseas providers?
 
Question: As the likely health minister had National won the last election, did you vote against the proposal, and if not why not?
 
Last year NEST wanted to purchase new modern aircraft, and went to the NRC for loan funding at lower than commercial interest rates so its funds could be used to provide better rescue services, not pay interest to banks.
 
Question: Did you step in and offer to lobby your colleague the finance minister for funding from the Reserve Bank at no interest? If not why not?
 
You’ve heard about the concept numerous times. Have you investigated it?
 
If not why not?
 
Crying over the fact that the horses have bolted, when you opened the gate in the first place, doesn’t cut it for me.
 
Chris Leitch, Whangarei
School shouldn't have to lose staff
Northern Advocate - August 2nd
This morning's news tells us that Whangarei charter school, Te Kapehu Whetu, has been approved to move into the state school system as a Special Character school. No doubt their acceptance by the Education gurus is based on their stunning success –achieving the 2nd highest UE passrate in Northland, above the NZ average.
But now they will receive less money for support staff.  Why should moving to our state system mean they have to lose staff who have been instrumental in their success?  Staff who handle administrative details, mentoring, pastoral care, participation in non-teaching activities, leaving teachers free to concentrate on their subject matter, developing courses and programs—teaching!
Raewyn Tipene, CE of the school said their support staff were the heart of their success. And why wouldn't they be?
I want to know why the  Dept of Education does not learn from TKW's success and provide additional funding to ALL schools – or at least lower decile ones-- for TKE levels of support staff?
If the answer is money – we all need to ask Govt when they are going to stop throwing away millions of dollars daily on interest payments.  Interest on loans for projects they could fund interest-free, as Social Credit proposes -- through the Reserve Bank.
Gloria Bruni, Ngunguru
Rules Imposed On Councils Reflect A Loss Of Democracy
North Canterbury News, July 26th
Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley's opinion piece, ("Demands Draconian”, North Canterbury News, July 19th) regarding rules imposed on our councils illustrate the loss of democracy that has crept in like some insidious disease over the past three decades.
Even the architect of the supposed “reforms", Sir Geoffrey Palmer voiced his exasperation in 2013: “There seems to me in our present situation an inability to pursue long-term vision for the country over time and to assess how we are doing and make adjustments."
He continued "The system of governence seems increasingly concentrated on the short term .. . The domination of public debate by trivia and political pyrotechnics has become debilitating."
Being of the progressive/growth pre-Rogermomics generation, I feel any anniversary to celebrate the last three decades can be calculated by the number of jobs created to build nothing.
I note Environment Canterbury has another100 employees to cope with “water issues".
How much better would it be if those 100 were machine operators cleaning out our neglected rivers instead of moving paper around the office.
Mayor Dalley signals that this "expensive time consuming compulsory cycle" engineered by Wellington apparatchiks should "be reversed to give more local autonomy".
It is worth remembering that what is now the Hurunui District Council was once four county councils - Amuri, Cheviot, Waipara, and Kowhai - and, by contrast to today's mess, they were super- efficient!
It is worth remembering the Upton Sinciair quote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it“.
If you remember the television series Yes Minister, you’ve got it!
SirGeoffrey again; “There is a long road ahead (full of pot holes?) for New Zealand on Iocal government reform, followed by too many councils and too many officials, too many plans, too little infrastructure, too much wasted money and too little vision. "
I suggest we are mired in a cycle of waste.
To question everything is important, for knowledge is power and ignorance is enslavement.
When we accept power without questioning, we forfeit the power to control our own lives - it is a creeping paralysis happening now!
Come on people, our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
John McCaskey, Waipara
Political System Open To Lobbyists
Northern Advocate - July 20th
While agreeing with Callan Neylon's comments (Letters,July19), l believe the situation is complex.
My political experience leads me to believe that all or our political parties. with the possible exception of Act, are mainly composed of good well-meaning people, dedicated to serving their country.
So how, in the 1980's, did one that aspires to be the best, come to wreck the egalitanan society it once built and to destroy an excellent apprentice system so that we are still suffering from a shortage of skilled people?
We have a tight adversarial two party system where policy is not decided by debate in the House but in party caucuses behind closed doors.
This set-up provides an open invitation to influence from big business lobbyists bearing party funds.
Our financial system is complex. Its intricacies are concealed deliberately and it is a fact that people tend to become emotionally disturbed when they encounter something about money that conflicts with their previous ideas.
Many MPs have professional training and have a justifed trust of experts within their own profession,which they carry over to the corrupted field of macroeconomics, which uses a first-year text that propagates untruths to students and which has a fake bank-funded ‘Nobel Prize‘ to encourage persistence of outdated ideas. (I can back the first wlth quotes and the second can be checked readily on the net).
There appears also to be a propaganda campalgn deslgned to reduce trust in our elected representat1ves, aimed at favouring wllllng prlvatlsatlon of as many or our assets as possible.
All told, there appears to be only one way out of thls mess.
Election to Parliament of people with the knowledge and determinatlon to fix it.
John G Rawson, Whangarei
What Economic Disaster?
Northern Advocate - July 20th
Keith Hartley lauds the National government’s financial prowess for New Zealand having survived “two very severe financial events” – the Global Financial Crisis and Christchurch earthquake.
While people suffered (and still are) from the earthquake, surely the massive influx of money from insurance payments benefited the economy?
And the reconstruction provided hundreds of jobs, massive sales for building supply companies, engineering firms, earthworks and roading contractors etc.
Wouldn’t that have brought large amounts of PAYE, GST, and company tax into government coffers?
Hardly the disaster for the economy Mr Hartley proclaims.
Had National been such gold plated economic managers, they wouldn’t have been so soft on insurance companies meeting their responsibilities (some people have still not been paid out).
Nor would the rebuild have been delayed by a drastic shortage of qualified builders, plumbers and other tradesmen – a direct result of policies that reduced trades and apprenticeship training.
Under our crazy system, a disaster like Christchurch actually increases GDP and makes economic figures look better.
Mr Hartley appears somewhat confused about economic issues.
Jeremy Steptowe , Ngunguru
Social Credit survived test of time
Sunlive News - July 20th
The demise of the Opportunities Party is another example of a rich entrepreneur having “a go” at politics without any real commitment to a philosophy or core policy.
 
Gareth Morgan joins a long list of similar people who thought money was going to buy them an easy road into parliament and who gave up when the going got tough.
 
Bob Jones and Colin Craig were others.
 
They were, as his party name suggested, “opportunists”, who promised much and didn’t deliver.
 
There was no solid foundation that people could commit to, that would make them contribute time and money at great personal cost over many years.
 
While Social Credit hasn’t had rich donors and corporate backing that would have allowed it to buy media time and tour the country like Mr Morgan, it has survived the test of time.
 
It has done so because of its commitment to reforming the money system to deliver a better life for people – particularly middle and low income earners – rather than bankers, money manipulators, and corporates.
 
First formed in 1953 it has proved it has stickability and commitment to principle and that’s a rare quality in New Zealand politics.
 
In doing so it has proved Bob Jones wrong.
 
His taunts about “Skodas and crimplene suits” have come back to haunt him.
 
Skodas are now a luxury vehicle, and monetary reform is gaining support internationally from economists, professors and commentators.
 
Tracey Livingston, Whakamarama
Time For Monetary Change
Northern Advocate - July 18th
I find it difficult to understand why successive governments lament the lack of available funding, yet make no attempt to reform the monetary system in a way that would provide it
There seems to be no willpower amongst parliamentarians to do so, despite ample evidence of how it could be done.
Continuing to borrow billions from private banks is just exacerbating the problem.
I was shocked to learn that the government pays roughly $4.5 billion dollars in interest on loans to private banks every year.
The Government should be utilizing the Reserve Bank to create the necessary credit for public spending.
Instead of repetitively trying the same old stuff and hoping for a different result how about we strive for a change and get some results we can be proud of?
Callan Neylon - One Tree Point
Eyes Opened To Money Creation
Northern Advocate - July 17th
Economic commentator Bernard Hickey said that “money is invented out of nowhere by private banks.”
That opened my eyes. I thought our money supply came from the government.
But apparently I was wrong. Hickey should know.
“It is private banks that print money. They invent money out of nothing whenever they lend,” he went on to say [on Radio Live].
Really?
And then they have the gall to charge us interest on ‘money they invent out of nothing’ sufficient for our Aussie owned banks to make $5 billion dollars in profit after tax last year.
Hickey called it “the dirty little secret of international finance.”
Perhaps it’s time for the creation of new money to go back to where most of us think it happens – with the government.
Gloria Bruni, Whangarei
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Sick Policy Affects Health
Gisborne Herald - July 14th
Winston Peters and David Clark must stop telling fibs about funding.
Just because nursing is a female-dominated profession, that’s no excuse for fobbing them off with financial falsehoods about “no more money on the table” or budget constraints.
As Social Credit leader Chris Leitch has pointed out in his message to the nurses union, money would be found immediately should the government be drawn into a war.
He advised that our central Reserve Bank has the powers to issue suflicient funds for what is needed - without having to borrow from overseas banks.
What is diabolical is the way our DHBs are required to pay out multi-millions of dollars to service the 8 percent capital charge.
This on top of servicing other private debt.
How can such a sick policy apply to public health?
Both the Govemment and the unions need to front up to this question.
Heather Smith, Gisborne
Bemused By Money
The Listener - June 9th
Chris Leitch (letters May 26) argues for Reserve Bank funding for infrastructure.
Sounds like Social Credit’s “Funny Money” financial policy.
Apparently, it’s come of age.
Since the global financial crisis of 2008, central banks in Europe, Britain, China, Japan and the USA have been pumping new money flat out into their economies.
Currently the European Central Bank is doing it at the rate of $35 billion Euros per month.
They all call it quantitative easing – a fancy term for what is just money creation.
In reality it’s Social Credit, except they contend the recipients should be infrastructure, health, education, etc, not banks, bonds, and currency speculators.
And despite what the doom merchants proclaimed – not a whisk of inflation to be seen.
If money creation is a viable option for the rest of the world, then why not here?
Gregor Weston, Pukekohe
Paying For Infrastructure
The Listener - May 26th
The May 12th editorial, “No pain, no gain” reckons we are economically literate enough to know that", one way or another, we all pay for infrastructure.”
It then canvasses  public- private partnerships and government debt, both of which have the added cost of a profit for the lenders of the money.
By all means pay the builders of the infrastructure, but there are other sources for the finance - a bank we own for one.
The Reserve Bank, has in the past provided finance for such things, with minimal interest charged, and with profit going back to its shareholders – us – by way of government ownership of the bank.
Fourty thousand houses were built by the first Labour government using this mechanism.
As the Ministry of Works report of 1949 states “This action showed ….that it was possible for the State to use the country’s credit in creating new assets for the country”.
Chris Leitch, Whangarei
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