Monday, October 15, 2007

Dear John...

Dear John

We are not for sale. Unlike you, we know both the price and the value of everything. Money, it may come as a suprise to know, is not the be all and end all of our existance.

We don’t want tax cuts – we want services. We don’t an extra sandwich – we want schools and hospitals. We don’t want lower top marginal tax rates – we want higher top marginal tax rates. We want you to take your $34 billion of tax cuts and shove ‘em – shove ‘em into health, education, housing and alternative energy sources that don’t include coal or uranium.

We are embarrassed that we have homeless people, working poor, jails full of people whose only crime is to have a mental illness, people who can’t get a bed in a hospital ward, hospital wards full of old people who can’t get a bed in a nursing home and nursing homes full of young people who can’t get a bed anywhere.

We are sick of kids going to schools that can’t afford books next schools with books that the kids can’t afford. We are tired of paying off everyone else’s mortgage. We are sick of not being able to afford our own mortgage. We are over having to pay logging companies to destroy our forests.

We cannot pool our extra $15pw with our neighbours and build a hospital, or a school, or a nursing home –that's your job. Infrastructure. Economies of scale. Look them up.

We are over being lied to, we are over a government that is in the pocket of big business and we are over having to be at war with our fellow man to get ahead.

We are, frankly, over you, Mr Howard. And we’ll probably be over Mr Rudd in a year or two, but he’ll do for now as he is not, thankfully, you.

Bob Brown For President!

Cheers

Elroy

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anon E Mouse says (and with some vehemence)

Bob Brown for president? Elroy, are you having a lend of all us fans out here? He’s a woofter. The only reason that he is a tree-hugger is because it gives him a cheap thrill.
As this is a Let’s Ask Elroy column I shall ask something:
Are you out of your mind Elroy?
Mr Brown talks out the part of his anatomy that his boyfriend I so familiar with.
Admittedly he is better than Peter Garrett, but then even Tony Abbot is better than Garrett.
And he can’t sing either.
Just jerk about and groan and look silly.
This country is getting the politicians it deserves.
Frankly, we don’t deserve them.
Good to see less and more often, Elroy.
Next time I will try to write more constructively.
Promise.
Anon E

Anonymous said...

Anon E Mouse says (and with some vehemence)

Bob Brown for president? Elroy, are you having a lend of all us fans out here? He’s a woofter. The only reason that he is a tree-hugger is because it gives him a cheap thrill.
As this is a Let’s Ask Elroy column I shall ask something:
Are you out of your mind Elroy?
Mr Brown talks out the part of his anatomy that his boyfriend I so familiar with.
Admittedly he is better than Peter Garrett, but then even Tony Abbot is better than Garrett.
And he can’t sing either.
Just jerk about and groan and look silly.
This country is getting the politicians it deserves.
Frankly, we don’t deserve them.
Good to see less and more often, Elroy.
Next time I will try to write more constructively.
Promise.
Anon E

Elroy said...

With such vehemence he said it twice!

Wow! What sort of nerve have we hit here? Bob is, indeed, a woofter. So what? What has that got to do with Bob’s political acumen? I do not see a connection. If that makes me ‘out of my mind’ then call me a teapot, but the truth is Bob Brown’s sexuality really doesn’t matter. Really. Doesn’t matter. At all. Really.

In fact, maybe a gay president is just what we need. Absolutely. The more I think about it, the more I like it – he would certainly have some insight into life as an oppressed minority, and judging by the phalanx of middle-class white lawyers currently running the show this could only be an improvement.

Garrett seems to have been emasculated by the Labor Party, but maybe that is more down to his abduction by aliens, er, borned-ag’in Christians. I’d sooner listen to Amanda Vanstone sing than Tony Abbott or Peter Garrett, but in a political context Abbott is better than Garret? How? In what possible way? Please Explain. Abbott is, to put is mildly, a complete fucking maniac.

This country? So you are here? Oh. Ok. Did we deserve Howard? I don’t think so. Do we deserve Rudd? Probably not. What we, Australia and world, is a president that actually recognizes the problems that face the world and is not beholden to vested interests.

At a time when Chimpy-Boy is threatening WW3, we need radical changes in thought and process and action. Howard and Rudd etc are sooooooooooooo 20th Century; rich white Christian capitalist elites have had their day and we need to change direction. Now.

Bob Brown for President!

Cheers

Elroy

Rianne said...

You write very well.