A frustrated boomer has gone viral with a rant blaming an ‘overpaid’ and ‘corporate’ government for ruining everything that he cherished about life in Australia.
The lengthy post, written by Adelaide man Gary J Matthews and titled ‘The Commondebt of Australia’, was written on Facebook earlier this month.
Mr Matthews accused the government of ‘selling the souls’ of the Australian people when it began to compete with private enterprise and trade with China.
He claimed that while once children had been able to roam the streets in complete safety, now residents lived in a constant state of fear and stress.
Mr Matthews began his post by describing life in Australia in the 1980s, when milk was delivered to homes in glass bottles, petrol was cheap and business was booming.
‘About 40 short years ago everyone had jobs everywhere, in fact mums used to stay home and families all lived happily just on dads’ wages,’ he said.
A frustrated boomer has blamed the ‘overpaid’ and ‘corporate’ government for ruining everything good about Australia (pictured, a Tentcraft on Sydney’s Parramatta Road)
He said children had been able to roam the streets in complete safety but now ‘we watch each other through security screens and burglar alarms’ (pictured is a BP petrol station in the 1980s)
‘We had corner stores and milk bars and delis, and hardware shops all over the city and country.
‘Our rural towns were a hive of activity as they were very strong communities and were linked by a vast rail network that now lies dormant all across the country.
‘Flea markets everywhere on the weekends. All our food was fresh and local. Our milk and bread were delivered every morning fresh to our doorstep in recyclable glass bottles.’
Mr Matthews said only a few decades ago, petrol had been cheap, everyone had a job, and that everything, even submarines, had been proudly made Down Under.
‘We built aircraft, boats, submarines and battlecruisers, ships, warships. Buses. Locomotives, diesel-electric trains, as well as the tracks, and you can add hundreds more to that list,’ he wrote.
‘And everything was “PROUDLY MADE IN AUSTRALIA”.’
Mr Matthews accused the government of ‘selling the souls’ of the Australian people when it started to compete with private enterprise and trade with China (pictured, a KFC in NSW)
Mr Matthews claimed by buying items with a ‘Made in China’ label, Aussies were only funding China in their mission to buy Australia out from ‘under our feet’.
‘We are making China so much profit they can now afford to buy us right out which is exactly what they are doing and our Government is helping them do so,’ he said.
He reminisced about the days when he could buy tailored clothes from department stores like Myer and David Jones where clerks would use a measuring tape, and recalled a recent incident when he had tried on some shirts in a store before taking them to the cashier to pay.
When he asked the woman for the ‘second-hand price’ she told him the shirts were new.
‘No, they are not! These shirts smell under the armpits… These are not new at all… How many people before me have tried them on?’ he wrote.
‘I don’t know what diseases people have. This is a public health issue.’
Mr Matthews said Australia started ‘going downhill’ when local councils began buying up shopping centres and caravan parks in areas popular with tourists.
He claimed the government started doing deals with foreign countries under ‘free trade agreements’ that ‘totally wiped out’ Australian business.
Mr Matthews blamed the ‘corporate government’ for the fall of a once ‘self-sufficient nation’ (pictured, an $1 note that was eventually replaced by the $1 coin in 1984)
‘These foreign countries were allowed to just march in and start taking over and rape and pillage all our resources,’ he wrote.
‘They started driving our farmers off their lands and then sold it to these foreign countries.’
Mr Matthews claimed the government had ‘invented’ things like GST, excise taxes and levies and cut funding to emergency services, police and public housing after realising how much had been lost.
‘These new Corporate Government Politicians laughed in our faces and gave themselves MASSIVE pay rises and they all pat themselves on the back knowing that WE are so DUMB and STUPID we would not know what is going on!’ he said.
‘Now they tell us we have to tighten our belts and lose what little we have left to pay back the MASSIVE DEBT they left us all in after gifting other countries billions in foreign aid setting up their countries at the peril of our own…’
Mr Matthews admitted that when he passed the empty Holden Plant in Adelaide’s north, he started to ‘literally cry’ for what has happened to Australia.
He blamed the ‘corporate government’ for the fall of a once ‘self-sufficient nation’.
Mr Matthews said Australia started ‘going downhill’ when local councils began buying up shopping centres and caravan parks in areas popular with tourists
The emotional rant, which has been shared almost 7,000 times, received a mixed response from Facebook users.
‘I was young but I was so proud of our country back then,’ one man said.
‘We could stand on our own two feet and most family environments were a lot happier because of it. Wish we could go back in time!’
‘Sold and stolen while we all slept,’ a second wrote.
‘Flawed and only half the story but nice tale nevertheless,’ a third commented.
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