Who Can Keep the Good Times Rolling?

If life were fair, John "Boom-Boom" Howard and Peter "Put-It-on-Credit" Costello would one day get a monument honoring their services to consumerism, wealth accumulation and fat profits. Perhaps a statue at every shopping mall or a team portrait in real-estate agencies would do the trick. Or maybe the banks could issue platinum credit cards celebrating the Liberal Prime Minister and Treasurer's contribution to the Swipe-It culture. They've had some luck, no doubt, but Howard and Costello have taken taxing and spending to audacious new levels, pushed away the poor's support struts, and launched their chosen people into hyper-debt. Right now, as...

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