What we have here is clever, tricky and cynical. It isn't a great big tax it is a tiny one – barely noticeable. After all if 175,000 of us pledge just $1, the Pararoos are saved!
It is quite possible the Catholic Church is wealthy enough to pay for all its schools effectively making the approximately $5B+ contributed by the Commonwealth redundant.
Jaitley has crafted a responsible budget, just 45 days after assuming the office.
The HR Department could never be as softly persuasive as Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, or as violently persuasive as his Ministry of Love.
Stiglitz's idea is that inequality will cripple us if we don't apply the Robin Hood principle. Whilst relevant in the United States, this narrative is misplaced in an Australian context.
Instead, Stiglitz argues that we need new, better, more sophisticated metrics to measure our economies, metrics that consider the real cost and value of things.
Isn't the whining and hash-tagging rage indeed evidence Australia has developed an unhealthy sense of entitlement?
Would abolishing dividend imputation save tax, and would it be ethical, effective or efficient?
It's not Joe Hockey's 'leaners' Australians need to fear, it's the new breed of economic 'levellers' who believe that to make an economy work better you just need to dial down levels of inequality.
There has been a cost, too, in the shabby shape of what were once quite distinguished CBDs.
Moving a business from state-ownership to private-ownership improves the profit incentive. Private owners will focus on their return. That means lower costs, higher prices and increased profit.
The net result has been that over the last six years 412,000 jobs were lost in small business. In fact the small business share of the private sector workforce went from 53% to 43%.