The 'dream' is over and the nightmare begins
Welfare crackdown: Solo parents targeted
The Government is taking aim at 43,000 solo parents who it says should go back to work. Prime Minister John Key and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett have this afternoon unveiled a major package of welfare reforms. Ms Bennett said that for some beneficiaries "the dream is over".
What the fuck did she say? What the fuck did she just say? What were the words? THE "DREAM" IS OVER? THE FUCKING "DREAM" IS OVER?????
WHAT FUCKING "DREAM" PAULA??? The audacity of this woman after she has been a solo mother almost made me throw up and how dare John Key start yesterday's disgusting announcement to pass draconian welfare change by invoking his dead father as a justification??? Their 'hey we've been there' bullshit has given them NO COMPASSION, NO EMPATHY just a self righteous view that they can pass this cruel set of changes with a sense of justification!
My God, our leaders are despicable in their smugness.
While Paula was ending the 'dream' the Standard pointed out that John Key was seeing his bloom, remember when he said he wanted to see wages fall on the 20th of December 2007? Yeah well John's cruel little dream has come to reality and he must be loving it!
Wages set to fall, Stuff, 23 March 2009
Real wages are set to fall over the coming year as rising prices and extended unemployment keep the labour market subdued, economists say. The value of wages will decline 0.5 per cent in the 12 months through March 2011 as inflation exceeds salary growth, while unemployment remains elevated, according to the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research’s consensus forecast of ten financial and economic agencies.
And what exactly is this 'dream' that Paula has ended? What 'dream' exactly? We will be forcing sick people back to work, forcing parents to leave their children and forcing the unemployed to reapply each year with the hope that the difficulty of reapplying forces them to fail all within a punitive system that will half or stop welfare in an unemployment environment that has hit 7.3% - the highest in a decade and a half!
What then folks? We've cut their welfare WHAT THEN? They are on the streets, solo mothers, the sick, those without the skills to be employed - we throw them all onto the streets in this cruel piece of social policy with 7.3% unemployment AND THEN WHAT? What do we do with them then? We just let them die like dogs in the street do we? What do we do to the children of these parents we are punishing? Where do they go? Because in their report Evaluating the February 1999 Domestic Purposes Benefit and Widows Benefit Reforms: Summary of key findings the Ministry of Social Development pointed out that solo parent work-testing like this last time only ended up making things worse for the children of beneficiaries - but we don't care about them do we? We only care about cutting the cost of welfare, not actually providing welfare.
What a sad, sad, sad day for NZ - the "dream" certainly is over and the nightmare begins.