Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. Steve Jobs
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Sending out small cheques to the poor and giving unneeded contracts to union mates is as vote buying as you can get, it sures up the lower class heartland of the ALP, keeps the union mates afloat and supportive and allows the ALP to point at 'something' as taking action.
The reality is it was the capacity of interest rates to move downwards (after several quick rises right before the election by the 'independant' body making Howard look bad) so much that actually kept the wheels turning. This was because of the health of the banks which was a direct product of Howard/Costello's long term in government. Though in retrospect I think perhaps if we had not had such a surplus to be raided then the ALP might have actually done something less damaging considering the GFC effect on Australia is so much lower and drawn out then what the ALP expected and reacted for.
Last edited by truthvigilante; Jul 22 2012 at 12:31 AM.