- #1696649TedE September 24, 2018 at 4:49 pm
does anyone else have thoughts on the feed in tariff options?
It seems that the Electricity supply/generation companies have a lot of say in the corridors of power. I don;t suppose the Govt can address all these problems in the first term.
it was nice to have that bonus in our GRI for the winter and a big help.
TedE - Papakura -#1696661steph154370MemberMember since: August 12, 2018
Replies: 33steph154370 September 24, 2018 at 6:20 pm
The winter bonus to help with the power has been a big help for all persons over sixty-five and/or on low incomes. I am keen to see what the government will do next to benefit the people of New Zealand. It will take longer than they thought it would, but they have given us hope,real hope, which is more than the previous government ever did.
#1696888TedE September 26, 2018 at 6:10 pm
- This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by steph154370.
Alison Lea Sher in her book “The Millennial Guide to Chnging the World” mentions:
“American Politics” is a giant social experiment deemed as one of the greatest in the world and the Constitution is considered the most genius organizing document in history. However not everyone who built our society has had a say in it-millennials certainly didn’t get to choose the bill of rights. The society we currently live in is the product of a few white men who lived a couple of centuries ago (Think Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations”, Thomas Hobbes “The Leviathans” and John Locke’s “Second Treatise of Government”. ) these philosophical texts inspired our institutional framework, originally crafted to make America a free land. There are many people who will defend these doctrines to the death, but I question if they are still legitimate. Back when America was first founded each delegate represented only a certain number of constituents. The population of the US has multiplied by about a hundred times but the numbers in congress have stayed the same. That’s the reason we feel so divorced from what happens in the Federal Government.
“The People” may be technically able to pass a bill through Congress, if we can get the attention of our representatives, but, it’s something that’s still out of reach for most millennials. We need to pass new laws that solve our problems swiftly and do away just as fast with the old. In 2011 senators Bernie Sanders and Mark Begich proposed a constitutional amendment called the “Saving American Democracy Amendment.” In it, for-profit corporations would no longer have the rights of a person, corporate spending in elections would be prohibited and the Government would be able to regulate those corporations and hold them accountable for their impact on the populace and the environment. This was a direct response to the Citizens United Ruling in 2010 which many people think of as the beginning of the end of whatever democracy we had in the US. Government is here to regulate business bit business to regulate Government. For this to happen they need to sleep in separate beds.
TedE - Papakura -#1698135jens October 7, 2018 at 9:04 am
If for profit (or any other purpose?) “corporations” have no longer the rights of a person, does it mean then, that there is no right anymore for people to unite in organizations as legal entities with a purpose in mind ?#1698146TedE October 7, 2018 at 10:25 am
No Jens. It does bit mean that.
TedE - Papakura -#1698289jens October 8, 2018 at 4:13 pm
<p>TedE -</p><p> In other words then – under the “Doughnut economy”, we can have societies, companies and corporations founded and organized for the purpose of profitable wealth creation ?</p><p>(Or what exactly does your answer mean?)</p><p>Well then – all that needs to be done is to make sure that all citizens participate in wealth creation and ownership – privately or through societies, companies and private or public corporations – and would not the “doughnut economy” be then the poverty eliminating third way upwards for all ?</p>#1698696TedE October 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm
My answer to your previous question was meant to read: “No Jens. It does not mean that.”
I’m sorry about that but was answering on my telephone while travelling on the bus and that’s an excuse, but i should have been more careful. I will try to do better. My eyesight is failing and the phone is a bit of a problem for me.
The “Doughnut Economic” by Kate Raworth is an explanation for our present economic situation and proposal for change is still in it’s infancy and that is where you may propose your solutions to the problems. We are living in interesting times with the writings of Thomas Picketty and others who find that their are rel alternatives to the present destructive system that we seem to be worshipping.
It heartens me to be able to make submissions to the tax working group and other commissions that are trying to grapple with problems that we have not been dealing with. This is an interseting time to be alive. I only wish that my Grandchildren were making submissions as well as they seem to be happy for me to do so but not provide their own input.
The posting that I think you are referring to (1696888) is one i put in relating to the treatment of companies as persons when it came to influencing the arms of Government and in many cases the treatment of business entities in manners inconsistent with the well being of the citizens.
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#1701829TedE November 9, 2018 at 8:46 pm
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” This is an interesting time to be alive. I only wish that my Grandchildren were making submissions as well as they seem to be happy for me to do so but not provide their own input.”
Do you make submissions to the current consultations that are being sought at the moment. Do you discuss these topics with your Grandchildren?
TedE - Papakura -#1707124TedE January 9, 2019 at 8:50 am
I think this is the most interesting book I read in 2018 and it’s now time for us to be implementing the thoughts expressed or I feel we are leaving a world that will be very difficult for our grandchildren t live in.
This mode of thinking let’s us map our progress or lack of it.
TedE - Papakura -#1707135jens January 9, 2019 at 9:34 am
Rod Oram’s book “The Big Questions” also approaches them from the “Doughnut Economics” sensible point of view.
I will be searching for the answers to the problems discussed and their implementation prospects – and let you know, TedE.
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