Why would anyone with get-up-and-go choose to stay in what is increasingly becoming an inward-looking, narrow-minded and petty economic backwater where success is treated as a sign of dishonesty and merit treated with suspicion?
Oh blah, blah. blah, the rich and ambitious are fleeing Soviet Aotearoa because we don’t love them enough.
Boo fucking hoo!
Who knew the rich and ambitious were such little snowflake wimps?
The rich and ambitious are just like farmers, students and feminists, in that they are never happy!
I love the narrative the Right are running with that because we want to tax the rich and make them pay their fair share in a rigged casino capitalism that benefits them, we are hurting their feelings and making them leave us for the free market fuck pit of the global market where the orgy of capitalism will give them everything they want.
What a load of bullshit.
Our top tax rate is the 39th highest in the world behind all the Scandinavian countries plus Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and South Africa!
Australia’s top tax rate is 47cents!
Our GST rate doesn’t even get us into the top 50 and our corporate tax rate is 40th while Government spending against GDP ranks 56th!
Not only are the Right spinning this false narrative of envy, they are actually denying reality, and that reality is that the rest of the world is burning!
That’s right, global warming is melting the planet and New Zealand will be one of the few countries that will be impacted the least, so watch as these rich and ambitious quislings come screaming back to New Zealand as the reality of global warming raises its ugly head.
We should pass a quislings tax that pings them when they come back over the border.
In 5 years of ever increasing climate catastrophes, ‘Smug Hermit Kingdom’ will be seen as aspirational.
Let’s see Damien’s mates begging to get back in then.
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