One in two voters is fully reliant on public purse

One in two voters is fully reliant on public purse, by Adam Creighton, in April 2016.

Analysis by The Weekend Australian has revealed that more than 44 per cent of voters, almost 6.4 million people, are ­either public sector employees (1.89 million) or wholly dependent on federal government pensions, allowances and parenting payments (4.48 million). The figure grows further when private sector workers who receive more in welfare than they pay in tax are added. …

ANU researcher Ben Phillips estimated that only 43 per cent of the adult population excluding public sector workers were net taxpayers last year, bringing the actual total voter-dependency ratio to well over 50 per cent.

The Jig is Up.  The Game is Over. By “I am Sparticus”.

Government has a monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force and violence. But Governments prefer not to send out the soldiers and police to effect political control. There is a much easier way to achieve political control and that is to use economic control. It is safer and more discrete. It may be slow, but it gets the job done, and done well.

When I speak of Government, I don’t mean a particular party in Government. I mean the machine that is government. The machine that captures the elected party and convinces it of the importance of government. The machine that undermines the elected party through leaks and mismanagement when the machine of government is threatened.

Australia has reached a point where the government machine has achieved political control.

He has a fair point. This “deep state” he describes is “the elites”, principally the bureaucrats, media, and academics — all now thoroughly captured by political correctness.

That’s a lot of people who will defend government and vote out any party that threatens government and by inference, their economic position. … Talk about addiction. …

It no longer matters which party is in government, nothing can be done to arrest the growth of the state.  As soon as the government is threatened, the party leading the government is voted out or the leader leading the government is removed because the opinion polls are unfavorable (proxy for election).

It will end or at least be trimmed back in the next decade or two — because the financial bubble that funded this welfare overreach is going to end.

US debt to GDP, with welfare, by David Evans