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22 December 2016


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Hear, hear Francis. But who has an answer to the problems they have created?

The real problem is not anything new or as Chris points out, restricted to PNG.

The promise of "Bread and circuses' are nothing new and those who use them to placate the poor and ill informed are only too ready to stoop into the gutter to promote their own ambitions at the expense of those who can't see their own greed is to blame.

PNG desperately need ethical leadership and honesty of government.

But will those who clamber for change be prepared to vote outside of their own tribal loyalties? Would the Highlands accept a Coastal? Would the Sepiks accept an Islander? Would the Papuans accept ?????

Gari Juffa. Will you be able to form a government after the 2017 elections?

It's a good thing we haven't yet all become cynical isn't it?

'In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.'
Voltaire (1764)

'Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.'
P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

'Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody else.'
Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

'A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.'
Thomas Jefferson

'We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.'

One the one you may be right Paul but on the other hand, the people of Ialibu-Pangia and PNG never mandated Peter O'Neill and his PNC members to rundown this country.

Now that they have created this mess, they should be dumped in the coming election.

In the post-colonial world one of the more depressing developments has been the willingness of the governments of new nations to plunge down the path of economic Armageddon.

It seems that the ruling elites in much of the developing world are pathologically incapable of pursuing sensible fiscal and economic strategies with the objective of improving the lives of all citizens, not just a lucky few.

Thus we have Zimbabwe, converted by Robert Mugabe's personal brand of socialism from a thriving economy into a total basket case, where hyperinflation is rampant and genuine economic and social progress is just a dream.

The stories of Somalia, Ethiopia, the Sudan, Uganda and, of course, most of the Middle East, are pretty similar. A great deal of economic and human potential has simply been squandered by a combination of incompetence, corruption, ethnic conflict and sheer stupidity.

Even South Africa, far and away the most potentially wealthy African nation, is still struggling to meet the aspirations and expectations of its people.

The situation in Asia is hardly better. Japan has been wallowing in the economic doldrums for 20 years, China has brought about an economic miracle based mostly upon accumulating a mountain of debt (250% of GDP and rising).

Places like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia appear to be doing somewhat better, apparently being blessed with slightly less incompetent, venal and ideologically hidebound governments. Even perennial basket case Myanmar seems to be clawing its way back into something resembling a stable and coherent situation.

Mind you, the so-called western world is hardly much better, sinking under the combined impact of rampant consumerism, the accumulation of idiotic levels of debt and appallingly inadequate political governance.

It seems to me that PNG simply conforms to the well established international pattern.

What has me stumped is why, in an age where the resources, knowledge and skills to devise and implement very sensible and workable economic policies, we are collectively going backwards?

Frankly, good economic policy is not rocket science yet our various governments seem pathologically incapable of doing the blindingly obvious.

The common factor is, apparently, us. Yep, we humans seem to have a gift for making bad choices and, right now, we seem to be in an era where we are unerringly doing so. There is no other sensible explanation for the state of the world, where a range of idiotic social, economic and political ideologies (especially unfettered capitalism) now, potentially at least, pose a mortal threat to us as a species.

What the hell is going on? How could the promise of the age of enlightenment and its wondrous love child, science, have produced a world like ours?

Yes but Kenta, who is ultimately responsible? The people who mismanaged the PNG economy or those who put them there in the first place at the last election?

Perhaps you could suggest why this may not happen again next year in the General Elections? No one seems to connect the two aspects that give rise to the same situation come every five years.

That's the real problem that no one seems to have solution to.

Em as tru blo displa bel hevi blo ol. Sapos oli putim aiglas lo ai bilo ol na lukim gut lo displa samting bai emi namba wan samting pastaim. Olgata narapla hevi bihain ikamap lo displa as tru.

These are all self-inflicted economic harms. There is no one else to blame than our ....

(i) current government for mismanaging the economy with its continuous reckless decisions on key economic areas that are important to our economy and the welfare of the people and

(ii) key public agencies for compromising their independence and dancing to every rhythm of the government.

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