Stray dogs – the real victims of the Greek debt crisis

July 2, 2015

From James Bolt

In 2011 the then South Australian treasurer Kevin Foley rejected ‘Business Bearing the Burden’, a report on state taxes by the IPA’s Dr Mikayla Novak, because the recommendation to make South Australia the lowest taxing state was too radical for him.

But like I always say, eventually everyone agrees the IPA was right. This year, the current South Australian treasurer is using Dr Novak’s research as the reason to cut taxes.

Everyone is panicking about Greece defaulting – especially the Greek parliament, as this classic photo on Tyler Cowen’s blog shows.

If you’re as behind on this issue as Greece is on its debt payments, this article from New Zealand Initiative Executive Director Oliver Hartwich in Business Spectator today is a brilliant round up of who is to blame. George Will in National Review last month explains why the fiasco confirms Margaret Thatcher’s saying about socialist governments: They always run out of other people’s money.

Maybe now Greece will stop asking other countries to feed their stray dogs as pointed out by John Roskam in 2012.

Oliver hosted Chris Berg in New Zealand this week to promote his book Liberty, Equality & Democracy. Watch Chris’ great interview with Paul Henry on 3News on Tuesday.

Two weeks ago we told you how ridiculous the Pope’s climate change encyclical was. If you thought it could have been the work of Naomi Klein, you won’t believe this. Seriously.

As James Campbell wrote in today’s Herald Sun, this week’s Melbourne prison riot shows the gap between public health crusaders and the real world. IPA member Senator David Leyonhjelm wrote in The Daily Telegraph today on how it reveals rule-makers are more concerned with telling people how to live than rehabilitation.

This guy was sacked for abusing his boss and sexually harassing a co-worker. The Fair Work Commission ruled he was unfairly dismissed and it was the company’s fault for supplying free alcohol. Amazing.

Last week we told you about the girls who defeated government regulation to open a lemonade stand. This week we are telling you that children across America have been trading in black markets in salt to make meals under Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules tastier.

You can now book for the IPA’s Magna Carta tour in Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth. You can still book tickets for Rockhampton, Sydney and Brisbane.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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