Ben, I did not say that New Zealand is communist. In the past, the 80s and 90s, New Zealand did really well. Currently we're number 21 or so at the OECD list. And dropping. The ruling party, The Party we might say, is debating to take away property rights. They attempt to abolish the court of last appeal, the Privy Council. Soliciting is now legal. Crime has never been so high. You see, they're hard at work at solving this countries most pressing problems.
And about communism? Don't get me started at people who say we haven't seen real communism or socialism or whatever crap yet and that the USSR was not the true example of that. Yes, let us see real communism. What will that be? 1 billion dead people instead of the 100 million attributed now to this philosphy?
The issue is if the state knows better to spend your money than you or me. Heck, without guns, socialism wouldn't work. Only with the threat of force they can conduct this experiment. Look at the heavy handed way the Auckland Regional Council responds: we will sell your house if you don't pay. I assume it's still better than a labour camp. But if they had that option, they would mention that as well I'm sure.
What about a system where you pay for the services you get? If you want a car, you buy it. If you don't want a car, you don't buy it. If you use the road, you pay for it. If you don't use the road, you don't pay. If you want to go to a concert, you pay for it. You don't go? You don't pay. Easy. Fair. Weeds out a lot of stuff nobody wants.
What kind of government is prepared to take away the last money of its elderly? To force them to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars more every year for services they don't use and pet projects they never will profit from? This absolutely baffles me. But one calls it fair.
To the defence of the socialists, I must say that even they are opposed to the new rates system. Probably because the people who give us jobs, pay less in the new system.