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Welcome to "StephenCenatiempo - The Voice of The Silent Majority". On this site, you'll read and hear the random thoughts of an Australian conservative and talk radio broadcaster. This page will be updated regularly with opinions and dissections of the news of the day.

Sunday
Jul252010

COVINCING YOU TO LIE TO YOURSELF

So Labor is at it again. Julia Gillard has announced that if re-elected, she will institute a “Citizens’ Assembly” to decide on climate change policy – the issue that Kevin Rudd said was “the greatest moral challenge of our generation”. Now I’m not going to get into the science of climate change, or how the most prominent advocates are lining their own pockets, or even how the poster boy, Kevin Rudd, just walked away from the mess, nor will I talk about the absolutely ludicrous policy of allowing financial institutions to profit from carbon emissions (wouldn’t it be in their best interests to encourage increased carbon emissions under a trading scheme?).

What I will talk about is how the left are now using this issue to circumvent the very core of our political system – The Parliament. The Prime Minister says that she will create an assembly of “ordinary Australians” to discuss and decide on how to tackle climate change. There is so much wrong with this policy it’s hard to know where to start. Let’s give it a go shall we?

1                     Our system of government relies on an elected parliament to devise, debate and implement policy. It doesn’t require that these elected representatives then turn around and tell us to get together and create the policy ourselves.

2                     Given Julia Gillard’s Fabian Socialist background, it’s not so far-fetched that such summits are an early attempt to change our system of government all together. Remember that while it has its faults, the Westminster system is renowned as the best in the world.

3                     The last Labor talk-fest, the so-called “20-20 Summit” achieved nothing. It cost a lot of money, sprouted a lot of hyperbole and in the end initiated zero policy.

4                     How can we guarantee that the “150 ordinary Australians” aren’t going to be hand-picked with a view to advocating what we all know is Labor’s fundamental policy on climate change? That is creating a carbon trading scheme that will cripple business, make the banks rich and do absolutely nothing to reduce carbon pollution.

5                     What is an “ordinary Australian” anyway? Labor and the greater left are the ones who continually tell, us that diversity and multiculturalism are the way to go and that any talk of a singular Australian identity and outward displays of pride in such are evil, bigoted and racist. I can almost guarantee that somebody like me would never get a Guernsey to such a forum.

6                     Whilst the likes of Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young will tell us ad nauseam that “the science is in” on climate change, no real scientific consensus has been reached. I know I’ll be labelled a “Climate Change Sceptic” for saying this and my response is, ABOSLUTELY! Of course I’m a sceptic. Scepticism should be the natural position of any intelligent individual when no significant proof can be provided. When did cautious scepticism become a bad thing? For the record, I am all in favour of reducing any kind of pollution, however I will not countenance the destruction of Western Civilisation to achieve it.

7                     Given that the science is “not in”, wouldn’t it make more sense to create a scientific forum or “assembly” to ascertain the actual extent of anthropogenic climate change, if any and how we can retard it if at all possible?

Unfortunately, nobody has an open mind on this issue. However what is clear is that hand-picking a group of people to tell you what you want to hear in order to justify what you already intend to do is sheer dishonesty. Convincing us to lie to ourselves is not good government, it’s just plain wrong.



Thursday
Jul082010

ALMOST TIME TO JUMP OFF THE BANDWAGON

The World Cup Final is upon us and so the 19th World Championships of Football are drawing to a close. It hasn’t been the best world cup by any stretch of the imagination with some of the most deplorable displays of tactical managerial enterprise, and inept refereeing ever seen. However, even at its worst, “the beautiful game” seems to inspire. For the first time since 1998, we’ll crown a new champion to cries of Viva Espana! or Hup Nederland Hup!

So with the end of the tournament imminent, so too will be the abandonment of the “Football Bandwagon” as I like to call it. That’s right all of those people who normally call it “soccer” will abandon the beautiful game in droves and return to their blissful ignorance of its nuances, tactics and rules. They’ll shelve their ill-informed opinions and predictions and forget every aspect of the tournament , except of course Harry Kewell’s and Tim Cahill’s respective red-cards and of course their anger at Pim Verbeek for embarrassing us at the hands of Germany.

But do not be afraid! They’ll all be back in 2014 when the circus arrives in Brazil. They’ll become overnight experts again on everything from squad selections to essential rule changes. They’ll regale with “what ifs” and “if onlys” generated by less informed sports journalists whose knowledge of AFL and NRL qualifies them to comment on our great sport once every four years.

So my friends, Football’s Fairweather Followers will slowly climb off the band wagon, totally oblivious that if they stayed on, their beloved Socceroos would be in a much better and stronger position come the next tournament. In the meantime, it’s up to us to continue drawing the wagon through the A-League and European seasons, via the Champions League and Asian Cup and onward to Brazil so that they may all once again jump on and dazzle us with their wisdom.

But don’t hate them, for if only a few stay for the ride each time, we’ll eventually fill the wagon to capacity and infect those aboard with our passion, pride and persistence. For in four years time, we arrive in the land of Jogo Bonito and there’s no cure for that euphoric disease.



Thursday
Jul082010

THE HYPOCRISY OF TOLERANCE

A little while back, I joined a group on Facebook called “Citizens Against Same Sex Couple Adoption”. Now I’m not going to go into the pros and cons of Same Sex Couple Adoption nor my opinions on the matter. I won’t go into my opinions of the rights of same sex couples but I will state for the record that I am NOT homophobic as I’m sure to be labelled, but I will state for the record that adoption of a child is not a right regardless of your sexual orientation.

What I would like to discuss is the response that my simply joining this group elicited – the response from self-described tolerant individuals and the blatant hypocrisy of that tolerance. You see, it would appear that those who hold typically uneducated, left-wing views on any range of topics are only tolerant if your opinion is the same as theirs - and that’s before they even know your opinion .

The first response was from a fellow student who commented via Facebook on my mere joining of the aforementioned group. A fellow student who after class one night told me quite secretively that she was “a bit of a rightie” but didn’t want anybody else to know. Says something about that person’s convictions doesn’t it?

The comment went as follows;

“I was going to write a big spill on how this made me shake with anger, but then i realised that would give you satisfaction. Just revolting Stephen. To me, You have minus brownie points”

Now let’s examine the implications of this comment.

The fact that I have an opinion that would appear to be different than hers makes her “shake with anger”. This is of course before she even knows what my opinion is or has bothered to discuss it with me. She then goes on to suggest that I would derive satisfaction from the fact that she is displeased with me. WHAT ARROGANCE! I’ll happily state for the record that it gives me absolutely no satisfaction that people hold certain views, however, I have to tolerate their differing opinions. A realisation that this person, and most on the left have yet to arrive at. I’ll also state that my opinions are not for sale as the comment also suggests. I do not develop opinions based on what other people might think or how they might react. The mere suggestion is offensive. Also, “brownie points” are of no interest to me – I am not a snivelling arse-kisser!

This however is nothing compared to the foul and profane comments posted to the group itself by self-righteous do-gooders.

My point is this. Those on the left will continue with their cries of intolerance every time somebody expresses an opinion that is different to theirs and that my friends, is called hypocrisy. Tolerance goes both ways, however in order to be tolerant, you have to at least understand the argument. The left have never been courageous enough to do that. They won’t engage in debate but will arrive at conclusions and then assert that debate has been won based merely on their say so. It’s a bit like global warming isn’t it? They claimed the “science was in” long before the debate even started. When the real science came in, they had to change the name to “Climate Change”.

The hypocrisy is intolerable!



Thursday
Jul082010

THE TAX SYSTEM EXPLAINED

When pondering the question of mining super taxes and the structure of our tax system in general we need to find a way of explaining it so that everybody can easily understand.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this;

 

 

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1

The sixth would pay $3

The seventh would pay $7

The eighth would pay $12

The ninth would pay $18

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20". Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes.

So the first four men were unaffected.They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers?How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realised that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.


So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).

The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving," declared the sixth man.

He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar too. It's unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"

"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.


The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works.

The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax
reduction.


Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up
anymore.

In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.



 

Sunday
Jun062010

THE TORTURE RACK

Many of you know that I have withdrawn from the world this year in order to study the art, nay craft, of radio broadcasting. Full-time study has proven to be somewhat more demanding than I may have expected. Hence my apparent disappearance from society as I once knew it.

The daunting image above is a real-life representation of the actual torture rack to which I have chosen to chain myself for the forseeable future. Don't get me wrong - I love it! I now have a reason to be loud, opinionated, obnoxious and extroverted...like I needed a reason! The upside is that I may actually be able to make a quid out of it.

So, three nights every week, I attach myself to "Darth Vadis" (the panel is a Klotz Digital Vadis DCII model) and broadcast to the...dozens of regular listeners who can manage to follow the web-link to the AFTRS radio feed.

So, you had all better listen next week!

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