Whether you’re an experienced political analyst, a curious onlooker, or a concerned citizen, keep an open mind regarding the so-called ‘housing crisis’ from a few years back.
It was first home buyers, greedy property investors, and the overseas buyers we suspected, but never really spotted in the act. We we’re led on a which hunt from the very culprits that caused the crisis in the first place.
Imagine you’re on a holiday with a group of friends, everyone having a different preference for dinner. Agreeing upon a single restaurant might lead to a decision that leaves everyone somewhat dissatisfied. This scenario could draw parallels to how our government operates today. As a collective, we’re the hands moving the ‘Ouija board’ of our nation, hoping for a destination that serves all our interests. We’re astounded when it takes on a life of it’s own and leads us towards some pretty scary places. Places where life begins to imitate dystopian literature.
Traditionally, those individuals who think differently, those who challenge the norm, are often the first to perceive changes. These ‘change-seers’ are now voicing their thoughts louder than ever before. The ‘fringe minority’ shouldn’t be shut down, without fully understanding what their saying. When it comes to the housing crisis, zoning rules, confusing and complex tax rules, and media sound bites designed to spark division, don’t actually build houses.
Consider the widely debated ‘housing crisis’. Skyrocketing prices, manipulated by government policies and facilitated by a central bank’s hidden tax through inflation, seem designed to extract resources from everyday people like us. Despite these looming issues, our leaders often escape accountability. When will we challenge them for their actions and their consequences?
In an age of advancing technology, could the key lie in smaller, more efficient government? I think so.
While it’s crucial to acknowledge the positive initiatives our government has undertaken, it’s equally important to critique the cost and efficiency of the delivery of these public goods. If we aspire for a better future, especially for our younger generation, we need to slash and burn excess government spending urgently, to deal with inflation. One of the things that could help, is in removing the redundant red-tape that forms with governments of the same ilk. Let’s get on with building houses, educating our kids, healing the sick, and fixing the pipes. Spending $3m on a ‘tax report’ to beat up the rich? How’s that a productive use of our tax revenue?
Andrew Crosby is a lecturer, an author of several books, and is the CEO of Universal Homes. He’s known for having a point of view, and the backbone required to share it. Hope you enjoy the discussion.