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Our country’s economic problems ie the cost of living! Is because we have an open, competitive capitalist economy.

The people with the capital, the assets and the money control everything, even the cost of basic essentials – food, housing, clothing, education, transport, health etc.

We also have discretionary spending: dining out, luxury cars, big fancy houses, resorts, entertainment, sports, big TV sets, etc, etc.

The solution is simple. Apply price control to basics and essentials, and tax the crap out of the luxury discretional spending. Controlled market for basic essentials, open market for luxuries and discretionary stuff.

Problem solved… Welfare and government services still need funding from taxes. Too many corporations are paying no tax, and zero on profits, because the profits have been sent offshore and hidden. Tax corporations on their turnover which cannot be so easily hidden; a GST on corporate activity with no ‘credits’!

Anthony Plesko, Ballina

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  1. Anthony, the result of market rigging (price controls) is clear.
    Eco and Worker regulations eliminate the smaller producers of X.
    The lack of X causes the value of Xs to go up.
    People demand money from the government to help buy X.
    Higher taxes cause the rich to leave the country and the poor to become poorer.
    The government prints or borrows more dollars into existence and hands them out.
    More dollars exist, but the same amount of X exist, so prices to go up further.
    People demand prices limits imposed by the government.
    The continuing inflation from the extra dollars keeps raising the number of dollars needed to make X, but you can’t charge more for X, so more producers of X go broke and close, and there are even fewer X being made.
    There is no longer enough X for everyone, so Anthony demands rationing of X for ‘fairness’.
    The production of X continues to drop until Anthony demands the government takes over production of X to increase it.
    Government inefficacy drops production of X further and only elites can get rations of X.
    Anthony complains that other people introduced Communism into his country and is arrested in the middle of the night for his speech crime, and sent to a Gulag work camp where he is force to produce X.
    Anthony dies from the inhuman conditions in the camps.

    Markets in the West are more controlled than they have ever been. Can you feel it? How’s your power bill? Starting to feel like Venezuela, North Korea, Soviet Union, Weimar Republic, Zimbabwe………
    Everything is unfolding as people like me have been predicting. We read history books.


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