Marriage unaffordable (letter)by Greg ByrneNews Weekly
, May 22, 2004
The World Congress of the Family has identified some key issues in relation to family breakdowns.
Taxation is the main cause of family financial difficulties and that arises from the following:
- Governments are made up of elected politicians whose main aim is to stay in parliament a long time and get the maximum superannuation payout.
- Because of that, government spending has blown out to around 40 per cent of the GDP in many countries as parties try to buy as many votes as possible. That lies at the heart of family breakdowns.
- We have now reached the absurd situation where, in the absence of a war, people are doing it tougher than they did in World War II. Maybe it was impossible to get petrol during World War II, but at least marriage was not a middle-class luxury, as it is now.
- One of the key problems is that the population finds it difficult to accept tough decisions to fix the problems. I mean it might be necessary to abolish Medicare or, say, reduce some labour costs such as holidays, sick leave, workers' compensation and so on, to get people back to work and off social security.
It might be necessary to reinstate the rule of law in the industrial arena and that might mean hardship - say, doing without petrol or electricity for six weeks.
I believe that all Western nations face a crisis situation in about six years when the baby-boomers retire and sign up for pensions. Most MPs don't even want to think about that.Greg Byrne,