[snip] I'm comfortable making a personal decision that I don't believe they are close to responsible.
So it seems you a making veiled references to specific policy / parties. Care to list for analysis?
No, see the bit of my post I have left above. The point is that there's no real objectivity. All outcomes are coloured by personal feeling or belief.
For example, you might (might - just an example) feel that it's good for the country that a government introduces a higher top tax rate while I might think that on the whole it's a bad idea. You can analyse it all you want, but you'll always be able to cite examples of why it's good and I'll always be able to find counterexamples.
Can you list 5 policies from the govt, that are economically sound (including the all too commonly left out social cost) that have benefited the majority of NZ'ers?
I was going to respond to this but I am pretty sure that many of the things I would see as beneficial (like raising GST) many people would also see as negative. It's also too hard to pick out policies that may never had had any attention from the media because they work well. I'm not a political scientist - but I do understand that if you want to spend money, you have the get it from somewhere... Just ask the US or Greece what happens when you continually overspend!
Cheers - N