A colleague quoted Voltaire at me last night (and yes, I do mean “at me”…this was too sudden and unexpected to be a “to me” moment):
“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.”
He was referring to my on-air comments during the week about Wayne Swan’s looming budget taking the wrong approach to the economic crisis, if the leaks in the papers are to be believed, and using an economist and another (same party, different parliament) politician to prove my point.
It reminds me of another Voltaire quote:
“Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.”
At its base, what I see hear is that the dead are beyond earthly punishment. Good news for him, not so for me…who knows what Wayne might slip in to the budget in order to spite me…some sort of 100% income tax perhaps?
If Wayne’s budget is anywhere near as awful as I expect it to be, then rest assured that I will publish here an interview between Alan Jones and Wayne Swan, where Wayne, showing his ignorance to economics and his inability to think on his feet, declared that traffic jams cause inflation.
I think I’ll upload it in advance.