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  1. Been sitting on this for a few days.
    Here is another view of the teachers issue.
    Makes some sense and my own staff are suggesting we do this soon. (mind you half of them do know.:lol:

    Colorado school switches to a four-day week and teachers and students love it.
    Despite several attempts to raise taxes to fund higher salaries, the teachers at Colorado’s 27J Schools are the lowest paid in the Denver metro area. As a result, the Adams County school district has struggled to attract and retain quality educators. Hoping to make jobs more appealing, administrators came up with a creative solution: switching to a four-day school week.

    http://vt.co/news/us/colorado-school-switches-to-a-four-day-week-and-teachers-and-students-love-it?utm_source=vt&utm_medium=junglecreations&utm_campaign=post&fbclid=IwAR065jSQWJLVGRUzLzZDxLOlgSO4uBknDAHBSwcfksV72oQsZ66-NpNigdw

    Like many states, Colorado’s minimum instructional requirements for public schools are regulated by hours in the classroom, not days. Therefore, 27J Schools can cut one day from the school week by extending the length of the other four.

    Under the new schedule, Mondays were dropped, elementary school days were extended by 40 minutes, and high school days last eight hours. “Unlike Friday, Monday is a day for kids and teachers to prepare for the week,” Fiedler said.

    What good idea BUT, we just know the socialists will oppose this and want even more money to go and play with.

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    • They will oppose it only because they never thought of it first. Never give any different ideas any chance of success in case they are good for the students. When will you learn it never about the student but only themselves.

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    • It’ll mean a change for working parents as well. Either in the form of a boost to already insanely priced daycare facilities or one parent shifting to a 4 day week.

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      • My observation is that many people are now working weekends and each is sharing the days looking after the kids. Monday round here is alike a non school day with traffic.
        With the traffic getting worse and even less remedies insight it makes sense to move towards doing this.
        The other major thing in peoples lives these days seem to be days for sport or for other activities. $ days would work for many.

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    • Just shows how stoopid and selfish the average AM show viewer is. The budget is not about them. It’s about the country and how it will (or not in this case) perform.

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      • Just an indication of the general dissatisfaction to the much lauded “well being” budget for all Nz’ers. Yep, as expected most of us will be paying more tax for the usual suspects.

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      • That is an interesting perspective Editor. If AM asked me that question, I’d tend to look at it from the perspective of a citizen of this country. And my answer would be No as well, because the budget is an ill-wrought piece of shit that is looking to take more from me to give to the nearly 1,000,000 beneficiaries we’re carrying now and a variety of other programmes designed to entrench the government in people’s lives and entrench the crapshoot that is currently government.

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      • The MSM have asked that question in the same way for decades. I have always responded the same way as you editor.

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      • New Zealand is just a lump of rock in the Pacific Ocean and without people is remains just a rock so the budget prepared by a person(used loosely referring to grant or the COLL) and is for people who are the country and its economy. The current name should be a Bludget as it concentrates on the expenditure side of the economy only so be surprised that like not feeding your horse one day it dies so failure to promote and encourage productive economic activity will haver the same effect.

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  2. The quota system of six persons of colour and at least two natives of South Africa appears to be a winning strategy for South African Cricket.
    So here we have also 50% female politicians, and a target of zero white farmers.
    I would have thought if you wanted to win a World Cup, you would actually field the most talented team you have available, the poms I know are a good team, but just tore them apart. I hope they miss the cut, they deserve it.

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  3. A woman goes to France to attend a 2-week, company training session.
    Her husband drives her to the airport and wishes her to have a good trip.
    The wife answers, “Thank you honey, what would you like me to bring for you?”
    The husband laughs and says, “A French girl!”
    The woman kept quiet and left.
    Two weeks later he picks her up in the airport and asks “So, honey, how was the trip?”
    “Very good, thank you”.
    “And, what happened to my present?”
    “Which present?”
    “What I asked for…. the French girl?
    “Oh, that? Well, I did what I could, now we have to wait a few months to see if it is a girl…”

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  4. Yay what a good budget. Money for the big things that really matter to the average Kiwi. About time someone took note of our dismal mental health problems. The nats are acting like thieves in publishing the budget details. As Grant Robinson said this am, if you go past your neighbors house, see the door open, you dont go in and raid the fridge. Thats exactly what national have done. And they have the cheek to demand an apology. Youse are just suckers for supporting them.

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    • I’m not talking about serious mental conditions but I predict like the DPB and unemployment benefits have boomed after becoming more normalised and acceptable by many in society, the mental health budget will increase substantially forever more as mental health care is trumpeted as the new normal. We all have ‘issues’, personality quirks and life is not always kind. It will be so enticing for many to gather the well being blanket around them instead of find a way through to the solution by working to improve your own life, but that’s a more challenging road to take.

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      • My concern on rising numbers is correct. Listening to Peter Williams this morning he confirms that police callouts to self harm and suicide attempts has risen significantly. In 2014 there were over 21,000 police callouts and in 2018 over 61,000 police callouts.

        Why are so many so unhappy? The internet means even children know about suicide and self harm these days, and clearly there no fortitude in the world. Happiness is a state to be treasured but it should not to be expected as a permanent state throughout life.

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        • But they are promised everything, fair play, everyone is equal, no winners or losers and then they are in for a rude awakening, when thy need to compete and strive.

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      • I wonder who the up ticker was? it must be nice for fairydust to see. Don’t get discouraged f.d. Have you seen a budget before any? Many?

        FGS f.d it is Robertson that I assume you mean?

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    • So all those programmes that National had put in place to support mental health, such as better training for first responders or having trained personnel travel with police, etc. that were canned by Labour don’t feature in your world, do they?

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      • Perhaps Pascal that is not the case as the COL have waited long enough to have their faithful followers think this a NEW initiative as they re introduce it. While the total funding for mental health also requires closer scrutiny to see what else they have included. Perhaps the extended life of this funding is an indicator f how long it will take to show results. The chickens are coming back to roost after all the mental institutions were closed down with the buck shifted to the community to provide the “care”. The massive increase in people with with mental problems so many young people being mislead in the classroom. As well as so many hard working taxpayers concerned about how all this Wellbeing will be paid for as they watch opportunities drying up in a slowing economy. Not to mention the burden their offspring will carry in the future. The best solution will increasingly to stop the rot as well as further suffering by making sure it is just a one term shambles in 2020.

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    • Sorry bro the average Kiwi isn’t a dole bludging fuckwit that leeches of the rest of civilised society a lot of us have been at work for 3 hours already to feed their indolent lifestyle but as long as youse fullas get some more pingas off us all sweet eh cuz
      Not bad trolling skills though Fairy i will give you that every blog needs one

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    • And let’s clarify some points.

      Information published on a public website is not like walking past your neighbour’s house and seeing the door open then stealing something from the fridge. Grant Robertson is lying if he said that. It is more like, your neighbour inviting you over for dinner, telling you to grab a beer for yourself and then getting pissed off when you do and calling the police, accusing you of theft.

      That is what Labour has done – they have falsely accused the opposition after the Treasury made a mistake to score political points – AND they involved the police. No matter who you vote for, that is reprehensible politics.

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    • Here is the test Fairy, A conservative government wins in Australia.
      If Vicky Freeman, a kiwi greens supporter featured on the budget cover finds Australia more affordable to live than NZ, and food wise it certainly is, why would this budget make a difference.
      This budget will only push living expenses higher, the more the government spends, the more individuals have to pay for these policies. Imagine the cost of food at 17.5% GST, this is a direct reality of government spending. Now imagine the 17.5% GST across everything.
      Fairy, it is the idividual that pays for governments largesse. Can the average kiwi afford it, I think not. I can as many can, but the vast majority cannot.
      Surely they taught this to you at school, maybe you just were not listening.

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  5. What about me,
    It isn’t fair.
    I’m self employed and I want my share,
    Can’t you see
    I wanna live,
    but you just take more than you give.

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  6. There will be a few unhappy firearm owners if this amount is not increased a lot. I hope National will withdraw any support for firearm law changes if a fair price is not paid. There are a lot of comments after the article.

    Budget NZ 2019: $168 million for gun buyback scheme – door open for more funding

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/budget/113094053/budget-nz-2019-168-million-for-gun-buyback-scheme?fbclid=IwAR2cW9lvKZvP7c4x00koAFog8kj7okn2SXvdkZA-jZ9t4OM-I8c0ealYSa0

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    • You hope.
      That’s nice Chuck.
      Hope is a four letter word.

      It is time National got back onto slamming the Mallard duck over false rape allegations.
      That is real and serious and was doublespeak for all their bullshit about no bullying.
      It was exactly bullying… to go with their lies.

      COL tell lies so often and so freely they probably don’t register it in their parallel universe.
      There was nothing of surprise in the budget so they should have been onto this subject again pronto.
      Tuesday next week after a long weekend. A bit late.
      A week is a long time in poli-land .
      Keep it alive and over a long weekend when there is less other news to distract.

      That is more relevant than wasting three days on a Treasury website access issue
      Robertson won’t resign. We have a 20 month track record of COL incompetence and Curran only stepped aside after massive pressure to the point there was probably a serious mental health risk.

      Getting Makhlouf to resign now is a pyrrhic ‘victory’ as he is leaving in a few weeks anyway. The time for an inquiry and possible employment law issues means it is not worth it.
      If he had tendered his resignation at 5pm yesterday that would have made sense.
      This appalling behaviour; political involvement in a neutral public service role; lies; and lack of contrition now carries forward with him to his new role in Ireland.
      Essentially their problem from now.

      National need to be very careful in alienating Treasury as they have to work with them now and even more closely when back in Govt.
      Labour has been pissing off public servants. It is not a cue for National to follow.

      In addition, it was National who appointed Makhlouf to his role so they need to be careful. They appeared to be happy with him for 6 + years!

      Hitting this Labour lot over financial incompetence is like running around telling people that water is wet.
      Get back onto the doublespeak bully Mallard over false rape allegations that drove a public service employee out.
      Mallard is a serious problem they need to neutralise.

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      • It didn’t stop him calling the police on National, so I assume it was an apolitical hiring.

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    • Here is more from the Council Of Licenced Firearm Owners

      It could be as high as a billion dollars. If the government rips of the firearm owners some will be sold to the gangs. I am not advocating anyone do so but it is certain some will do so. Will this make NZ a safer place.

      https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018697591

      https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/390956/gun-owners-say-150m-for-buyback-scheme-won-t-cut-it?fbclid=IwAR3dADeTstSbi6jWzT32kv8OamPoc2f_vPeCBu6EG2gH8I2GW0t_H5hC3As

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      • Until it is absolutely clear that compensation is fair firearm owners should not return guns, if this means we arrive at the last day for surrender and PO lice are so inundated they can’t cope – tough luck – surely Greg O’C***face will have the answer – not.

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    • It’s much better for my blood pressure to just accept that Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson, Winston Peters, James Shaw and the rest of the Coalition’s default position is to lie. Jacinda started it all by telling us she was going to run an open, transparent government with no need to lie in politics.

      And it means I feel all warm and fuzzy when they actually tell the truth. I’m yet to feel that way, but I’m sure it will be nice.

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  7. More intelligent comment from Karl DuFresne:

    http://karldufresne.blogspot.com/

    Still one of the very few journalists to actually tell the unvarnished truth and one of an even smaller group prepared to stand up for freedom of thought and expression.

    I call on Dear Leader of this blog to get permission and regularly reprint this man’s columns, he is worth reading.

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    • Great article and when Podesta said -Jacinda Ardern’s election success in 2017, was a bright spot at a time when populist movements were winning political success around the world – a trend Podesta obviously saw as undesirable.
      I portray ardern and her COLL as closer to a black hole – sucking up useful matter and spitting out toxic radiation.

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  8. What happened to Cunt Cullens Tax Working Group?
    I don’t see much in the way of drastic tax changes. They can not bring much new in next year as it’s election year. Next budget will be all hugz, kisses with a few feelz chucked in!
    So we could have paid the little cunt $5.000 a day to stay home. Between the five of them, we could have saved a mill or two with 5star accom, travel office and staffing. That was a complete waste of time and money! But then all the working groups were set up for election bribes on taxpayer money! One big taxpayer funded rort!

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    • Ha Ha you tell em Sooty, im picking no one well at least 47% of people wont give a flying fandango the taxes will come slowly but surely but as we will be in the midst of another royal wedding the plebs attention won’t be focused on how royally we are getting screwed, as for cullen well he’s just doing what all good parasites do and thats suck off the oblivious host for as long as possible

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  9. The truth about the hacked erm leaked errm made freely available Budget

    It just clicked with me, this was the first time we’ve seen socialist Cindy’s government being “the most open and transparent evah!” – the only problem is that the good intentions of this move were jepradised because it happened by accidental dumb incompetence rather than a wish to let the sunlight in.

    Worst PM ever, worst government ever – brought to you by the worst electoral system ever!

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  10. I’m telling you, Carol, I’ve never been happier, ” Betty told her friend. “I have two boyfriends. One is just fabulous…handsome, sensitive, caring and considerate.

    “What in the world do you need the second one for?” Carol asked?”

    “Oh,” Betty replied, “the second one is straight.”

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  11. Pike River has gone quiet, or were they waiting to see if they got any more money in the budget?

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    • Labour will cool off on the Pike River circus. There was never going to be anything to see & anyway the last drop of pathos has been wrung out of the farce.

      Once the mine was symbolically reopened, Cindy got her photo ops & Andrew made a speech Pike River drama was a sunset industry.

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  12. How will throwing millions at mental health fix the problem.
    What causes it in the first place?
    We need to know.
    Can people with mental problems be fixed?
    Can they lead productive lives?
    Thousands of extra social workers is just what we need! (not)

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      • Probably won’t make great deal of difference as right now anyone who wants to use social drugs can source them if they want to. Marijuana, despite the protestations of the knowalls, is not the drug of choice amongst young people. (see lawnmowers, first fish etc).

        One point that cannot be ignored is that people currently suffering mental health disorders are some of the greatest self medicators around. Marijuana makes them feel good & blunts what makes their lives miserable.

        It can be & often is a chicken/egg situation.

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    • “Can people with mental problems be fixed?”

      Some can or at least they can function. eg lithium is frequently successful in treating the symptons of bi-polar disorder. Schizophrenia responds to drug treatment. The problem is getting mental health patients to regularly take medication as the side effects are not always pleasant. Having half a dozen overworked psychiatric nurses responsible for hundreds of patients as is current practise is not working.

      “Can they lead productive lives?”

      Again. some can. I went through detox & counselling three times before I got on the wagon & stayed there. I then worked productively for another 18 years.

      “Thousands of extra social workers is just what we need! (not)”

      That depends on how many work at the coal face & how many shuffle paper & attend meetings. As this is a Labour initiative I’m not hopeful.

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    • Yes, that has to be the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

      I was recently talking to a woman who was going through the most horrific menopause, such hormone imbalance that she referred herself to mental health because she was suicidal and had to insist that they admit her. For something so fundamental, there was very little effective support.

      Diagnosis took ages also, so perhaps those staff that we have, should be au fait with help and ideas and Drs.

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  13. I see the fucking cunts that make up the labour party have brought the petrol tax forward. Fuck them. Despicable, lying, thieving bastards. And as for the mangy dogs that make up NZ1st, may they suffer from a cocktail of venereal disease. Political prostitutes of the worst kind. I have never hated a group of people as much as I despise the present government. Any fucking funerals yet, and if not, why not?

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