Another new shibboleth coming into vogue with the FF party is calling for the opposition parties to come up with proposals for addressing our financial problems.
eg. RT News: Cowen will listen to Opposition proposals
Or, Lenihan challenges opposition to reveal plans - Independent.ieHowever, he said he was open to proposals from all parties on the country's path to economic recovery.
BUT, what good is this?! At this point in time it is only possible to shuffle around the figures, do the same thing in a number of different ways...FINANCE Minister Brian Lenihan last night threw down the gauntlet to the opposition by challenging them to clearly state how they would tackle the country's problems.
When it became apparent (some time ago, now) that the property sector was going to collapse and significant losses occur (as per any other property collapse in history, with an eye to the extent that our bubble was blown above historical norms), the only real question was WHO IS GOING TO PAY?
FF conclusively answered that question back in 2008 with the blanket guarantee and NAMA - ie. the tax payer was going to pay, and they made it so that it was next to impossible (for a variety of reasons) to revert this decision.
The thing is pretty much DONE - In my opinion, the best thing the opposition parties could do is call for our taxation system to be split into two streams - those taxes going towards public services, and those taxes going towards paying off the bank and property and political gambling and corruption debts.
At least that would enable us to learn our lesson well - if every month for the next fifteen, twenty years, each working person could see in black and white the exact amount of money he was handing over to pay for the past actions of our political and business dynasty, it might serve to focus the mind and promote a sounder political consciousness in our people.