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What Exactly is National Party Policy?

The National Party Spokesperson, Andrew Bayly was interviewed by the Herald today during which he outlined the party's economic strategy. The reporter asked "So what is National's answer?". Not through tax increases, [Bayly] says. He would cut wasteful spending and focus on policies that improved growth. "Where we need to go over the next couple of years is invest where we need to invest", he says. "That means vulnerable people and supporting businesses because the only way out of this quagmire is an economic growth story".

Most economists would agree that supporting vulnerable people is important, but since when is supporting businesses through public investment also important, unless he's referring to infrastructure? Is he also suggesting that corporate welfare and transfers of public money to private industry is an objective of his party? As for infrastructure, National so woefully underinvested in it when they were in power that it has practically precipitated a crisis.

He describes the qualities of a good Finance Minister, as well. "You have to be miserable and tough if you have to be because everyone wants to spend money .. It's the same in business", he says alluding to his banking career [and] his startup companies ....

That being said, there's a big difference between being a CEO and leading a country. A CEO is essentially a "central planner" for their organization. But the job of a public leader, at least as finance is concerned, is to establish a set of rules that govern behavior and then let individual business leaders make the decisions that are best for their company.



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