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On What Basis Do You Choose to Vote?

With the election now only a few months away the New Zealand electorate is increasingly bombarded with appeals from all the politicians as to why their views ought to be supported.
The annual Budget is a catalyst for all of them to get on their grandstands.
The incumbent ruling party were gloating over their presentation of a surplus whilst the main opposition parties tried to discredit that result with suggestions of having manipulated the numbers to suit.
Throughout the ensuing debates in Parliament the rhetoric inevitably reverted to the core policy platforms on which the parties have previously been elected.
Regardless of which political philosophy was being espoused ,all the parties sounded the same - they all expressed views on how to spend the tax moneys - none expressed a coherent view of how that spending was to be earned.
Where was the argument and support for those in the community willing to take the risk on new ventures? 
Unfortunately they are a very small proportion of the voting public, so they don't command the attention of our politicians, yet they are the very group who expand the cake from which everyone else feeds.
Entrepreneurs have much the same profile as insurance agents, car salesmen and real estate agents - untrustworthy, greedy and overly well rewarded for their efforts.
An envious and ill informed majority have little understanding of the realities of risk taking. 
No business can start without financial backing.
Without an established, Government backed, Venture Capital programme, the majority of business startups rely on funding from the banking sector.
Just like their fellow politicians, bankers spend other people's money. Under the guise of being responsible, bankers lend their depositors money at very substantial margins. The reserve bank rate may be set at 3% but banks are lending those monies to risk takers at 7 - 10%.
So who really is the greedy party?
Surprisingly, none of our political parties seem to care.
Surely of all the choices that we can make with the good times that we now enjoy is to invest our surpluses with those people who will expand and diversify our productive base for future generations - to ensure that our current well being isn't an aberration, and that our grandchildren can enjoy the same lifestyle that we do now?
A Venture Capital Fund funded by a "Super Profits" tax on the banking sector would seem a very sensible place to start?
Every householder knows that earning an income is difficult and the rewards are from the spending.
Will you be looking for a party that acknowledges that earning, and not spending is the priority?
I know I will. 


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