Listening to Bruce Smith, Westland District Mayor, is blowing some serious smoke on RNZ right now. He wants more mining on the west coast. What he - and other economy ueber alles folks - who want to mine conservation and stewardship land fail to acknowledge is that *all extractive industries are guaranteed to be dead end jobs*. Once things are extracted, the work's gone forever. And Smith's making a case implicitly based on the validity of TrickleDown Economics. He's barking up the wrong tree.

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