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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Beneficiary numbers jump (there is no recession in NZ - yeah right)

Beneficiary numbers jump
The number of people on benefits increased by 10,631 between November and December and the total stands at 352,707, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said.

Unemployment benefit figures remained high at 67,084 - an increase of 4536.

More than half the latest increase was driven by young people completing education and training and looking for work, Ms Bennett said.

There were 112,865 people on a domestic purposes benefit at the end of December, 85,105 on an invalid's benefit and 59,988 on a sickness benefit.

A further 27,665 were on other benefits.

This Government has done nothing to slow this recession, the so called 'turbo charge' from the GST tax rise to give rich people a tax cut has in fact dampened the economy and caused a $2 billion deficit which Bill English promises he will make up with deep cuts to Welfare.

The poor last election voted for smile and wave John Key based on aspiration politics, they need to understand (now that they represent 15% of the 2008 voting electorate) that John Key in his multi millionaire optimistic bubble world really believes it when he says “If we cancelled welfare to 330,000 people currently on welfare, how many would starve to death? Bugger all.”

National don't have any solutions other than slash the already incredibly low benefits. The benefits let's not forget were set by working out what the base nutritional amounts a human being required dollar wise each week, and then had 20% taken off, the benefits are in fact there to starve the poor into employment.

The first thing a New Left Party would do, is restore living benefits.


At 20/1/11 8:34 am, Blogger sdm said...

Given that Goff has ruled out working with a hard left party, it seems that the formation of such a party would be as useful as pissing into the wind.

Goff understands that a new party is a danger to labour - it would scare the shit out of the middle....

At 20/1/11 8:50 am, Blogger Bomber said...

That is not true right wing troll, Goff's comments were mis reported, he was asked "IF" he was speaking with Hone and he replied 'no'.

Try again right wing troll.

At 20/1/11 8:51 am, Blogger Bomber said...

PS - you are sounding nervous right wing Troll, I said a new left party was a possibility last year and you laughed. Not laughing so loud now right wing troll.

At 20/1/11 9:57 am, Blogger sdm said...

Yeh I am nervous that people like yourself, with no commercial or economic understanding whatsoever, are going to seek to tax the shit out of me to fund an outdated model that has failed time and time again. All you want to do is tax, you and your ilk offer no ideas interms of how to grow the economy, create jobs. No we just want to hammer those who are successful, own property, invest, make money, employ people.

But then I remember, you predicted McCarten to win Mana, so I stopped worrying about your predictions.

At 20/1/11 12:12 pm, Blogger AAMC said...

Politicians say all sorts of things don't they sdm. I'm sure Cameron had no intention of working with Clegg, but when it provided politically beneficial-not so beneficial for Clegg of coarse as the deal will probably kill his party, but that's another discussion.

If a new Left Wing party did indeed launch and gained a vote that in coalition would give Goff a Government, I'm sure he would jump at it, irrespective of any pre election assertions.

Don't you think?

At 20/1/11 12:51 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

Your right wing bitterness and hatred is noted , thank you Scott. Pity you are still lying about what Phil Goff said, even Kiwiblogh were able to represent his comments in a more balanced way then you.

At 20/1/11 1:57 pm, Blogger AAMC said...

The problem sdm is that we are currently in a global crisis as a result of these people who you proclaim to have such "commercial" and "economic understanding".

I agree with you that we need more ideas than tax alone but feel it's currently very obvious that it is you who are putting your faith in "an outdated model that has failed time and time again", as evidenced by the financial crisis, American decline (100 cities predicted to default), Europe going bankrupt (except Germany who - correct me if I'm wrong - haven't quite bought into laissez-faire, paying companies to subsidies employment to avoid lay offs etc) and the rise of China, Turkey, Brazil...

The hindsight that our Antipodean location and economic slight gives us allows us to see the total failure both economically and environmentally of the free market mantra as played out in the rest of the world.

So give us some ideas sdm, sustainable ones that fosters equality as well as growth! As it seems to me, as much as you accuse the left of the same old ideas, I haven't seen any coming from the right recently. Low Tax, Small Govt, Big Business, Low Tax, Small Govt, Big Business, blah, blah, blah.................


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