When Howard said that "working families have never had it so good," he alienated many and gave Rudd a label that soon became a catchphrase for a triumphant campaign. Over a year has passed has he, (and Costello) not been vindicated, or do some believe that working families are better off now? I don't think so:
If memory serves me right, I also recall that anyone who suggested that Howard may have been correct about his infamous working class families statement was bluntly told that they were, "out of touch", thus Rudd's main political tick is summed:
Daily Telegraph polling of Sydney voters reveals working families he invited to the fore of his election campaign are worried about going backwards. Almost 80 per cent of those surveyed by Galaxy said household finances had tightened since the change of government last November. And 56 per cent were less optimistic than they were in November. These are the people who helped get Rudd elected by lending their circumstances to his campaign rhetoric, and their votes to his elevation. If that is the reading for Sydney, the richest and usually most optimistic city of the nation, then feelings in the regions and the smaller states could be bleaker. Liberal shadow treasurer Malcolm Turnbull believes that, with Rudd, “the empathy of ‘07 is replaced by the impotence of ‘08”.
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Rudd believes his trips have not gone beyond the bounds set by that other great traveller, John Howard. That is one reason why he packs his visits with engagements. He doesn’t want the slighest hint of junketeering. But the year is not over yet and boundaries set by Howard’s odometer readings will be further tested. Rudd soon is expected to fly to New York for the sitting of the UN General Assembly and reinforce Australia’s case for membership of the Security Council. He also will attend an APEC summit in Peru late in the year. Further, he has made public promises to visit India before the end of the year, and to attend regional talks organised by Indonesia. The red-eye-to-red-eye itineries will be getting a further workout.
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Symbolism that leads no where. Public servants and left-wingers love symbolism. Because symbolism focuses on a moral rather than tangible outcome, it allows left-wingers to get government money without needing to be accountable for doing anything useful with it. Not surprisingly, Rudd’s symbolic gestures have won him praise from vocal lobby groups even though he has very much been a work-hard-to-achieve-nothing man.(via convictcreations.com)
And Peter could logically now ask. Are you all better off now than when I ran the show?