Why beneficiaries should fear the right wing
Remember how rising GST so the rich could get a tax cut was supposed to 'turbo charge' the economy? Those were Bill English's words, apparently those words don't matter, because alongside lying about rising GST and claiming that if he cut the benefit to all 330 000 beneficiaries that bugger all would die, those words don't matter because according to a poll, we all 'like' John Key, so policy doesn't matter.
The Americanisation of politics down to who we like as opposed to a focus on the policy is something a lazy news media roll around in like pigs in shit, sadly due to the massive cut backs our news rooms are going through, we can expect more of this type of bullshit passing as political critique.
I prefer to think of our generation as the most educated in history and that because of the Great Recession, the norms of simplistic consumer culture marketing practices to group divide us as products is as dead as David Garrett's chances of opening a creche.
We should not allow ourselves to be deceived into thinking 'because I'm told I like the dear leader, I shall love the dear leader', we should examine what's actually coming out of their mouths and what policies should be implemented based on their nwirth within an egalitarian society. Words matter, and the words English used were 'turbo charge'. Sadly it seems borrowing for tax cuts doesn't help our savings and because of the higher GST, the tax take diminished and we are left with a$2 billion deficit that Bill English intends to make up by making massive cuts into welfare .
Let's make this clear to the 338 000 beneficiaries in NZ who at those numbers represent 14% of the 2008 electorate, if National get into power in 2011, they will destroy the Welfare State and leave you all to rot.
The ideologically stacked Welfare Razor Gang Paula Bennet concocted to do her dirty work are preparing for their blood letting, while Paula Bennett faces a Human Rights Review Tribunal over her illegal release of information of a solo mother who had the audacity to question the closure of an allowance Bennett herself had benefited from.
Other than Islamaphobic fiction writers who connect intelligence to wealth and advocate corporations run social welfare, who is on this Welfare razor gang?
Surprise, surprise - the former president of ACT, Catherine Isaac. A day after the Welfare Working Group first met on April 30th, Roger Kerr, the Executive Director of the Business Roundtable published an opinion piece in the Dominion Post claiming unemployment is a political choice, as in the poor choose to be poor.
Roger rages against the welfare machine by claiming if only we dumped the minimum youth wage and weaken unions, then employers like him would hire and Ayn Rand would come back from the grave with Adam Smith and they will lay the foundations of a pure free market city state (with a weirdly overt militaristic Police force).
The kicker is, Roger Kerr is married to Catherine Isaac, he’s writing hard right send-the-kids-down-the-mine-to-work-social-policy the day after his wife’s first meeting for the Welfare Working Group.
And what about Adrian Roberts and Enid Ratahi Pryor who are current corporate welfare contractors to the Government, what possible advice are they going to give beyond 'more corporate contracts in social welfare'??? It's like having Pig Farmers set the legal welfare conditions for their pigs!
Take the ideologically stacked Welfare Razor gangs views, combine them with English's comments on making the $2billion deficit up from his failed turbo-charged-GST-tax-rise-to-fund-a-tax-cut-for-the-rich in cuts to welfare alongside Key's own comment that no one would starve if he slashed all the benefits and they all add up to growing realization that societies most vulnerable are about to get the bash.
If that doesn't frighten beneficiaries, Cactus Kate should, in her most racist casual fascist way, she spells out that Maori solo mothers (she calls them 'breeders') should be either paid not to breed or sterilized, here's Kate at her most ugly...
The heaving pathetic underclass do not seem to have any idea how to look after and better themselves let alone their kids. All the Whanau Ora in the world given to them from the collective troughing of the "consultant" middle class neo-minted Maori brorocracy won't help them.
Regardless of your race, not killing your child is fairly bloody fundamental. One of those things that doesn't need to even be said at Plunket or passed down from generations does it? Sticking a child on a clothes line, body slamming a baby, beating a child up and down isn't even an action of primates. A baboon is more advanced in its thinking.
That's the main issue, those killing and maiming children from any race are not human beings, they are the missing link from...well you can't even say primates can you as most wild animals manage to look after and not deliberately kill their own children? You cannot legislate to protect children from these creatures because creatures do not acknowledge any laws.
So the time has come for a fresh approach. Let's stop handwringing semantics to the problem, remove historians and academics from the debate. Let's forget about offending a few precious souls who would rather see more Maori kids killed because solving the problem ruins their lily white world and exposes them to criticism. Let's actually DO something.
We aren't allowed to sterilise those most at risk of offending and Laws has already suggested a lump sum of $10k for sterilisation to much horrow and howling from those with no better answer, so how about another way?
How about we cut off the DPB and dole altogether and PAY the underclasses NOT to breed.
The ignorance is so apparent in Kates hate speech towards those she considers 'unpeople' it's almost No Minister-esk. Kate you may write with some finesse when it comes to exposing the internal lies within financial news, but sweet Jesus your social policy thinking is more akin to that moment in 12 Angry Men when they all get up and walk away from the bigot left raving at the table.
Your solution to pay every single solo mother money 'not to breed' isn't just the words of a racist you've managed to make solo mothering a crime in itself! No where do you limit your thinking to those women who have had previous abuse, at least that would mitigate the offensiveness of your post, you deem all solo mothers as, how did you so charmingly put it? The heaving pathetic underclass. By seamlessly merging child abusers with solo mothers, Kate has managed to be ignorant and stupid, it's a difficult self snooker, perhaps you should rename your blog 'the sound of one hand clapping'?
I personally love how any attempt to remove the racist glare of 'it's all dem maori's fault' is deemed 'apologist' by Kate, no attempt to look at what inequality does in a society, oh no, Kate is certain it's all dem maori's fault, for an educated person she sounds hollow and hateful.
Is it all as Kate vomits 'a maori problem' - not according to the people who work with children in poverty...
Cutting welfare to sole parents would not have made any difference in either of these cases. Abuse and neglect of children cuts across income, class and ethnicity. Protecting children means acknowledging this.
New Zealand's high rates of teen pregnancies and child abuse are mirrored across the developed world in societies such as New Zealand that are characterised by high levels of socio-economic inequality.
The causal pathways are unclear but the fact they happen across such a wide variety of countries suggests they are not a sole-parent problem or a Maori problem, or even a problem of easy access to welfare.
In the United States, the states with the highest rates of teen pregnancies are also those with the highest child-poverty rates, the greatest income inequality and most stringent access to public assistance - particularly Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida.
Sadly, inequality and poverty do not lend themselves to simplistic policy responses. Dealing effectively with them takes time and political courage. The domestic purposes benefit was introduced so sole parents could raise their children with a measure of financial security.
In today's labour market, financial security is more elusive than ever.
Abolishing the DPB, or just making it difficult to get, will not prevent a single unwanted pregnancy and it will not stop children suffering at the hands of their caregivers.
Not so many years ago, mothers with no support left their babies on the steps of churches and workhouses.
...and are we being over run by solo mothers all of a sudden? No, no we are not...
beneficiaries dropped from 15 per cent to 10 per cent of the working age group between 2000 and 2008 when jobs were available, and rose again only to 12 per cent in the current recession.
Kate is considered a leading light by the right wing blogosphere and her venomous anonymous posters lick up her social pus as if it is mana from heaven. Beneficiaries should read the pure hatred of these racist rednecks and understand that people like Kate and her leeches represent the real mentality of the right towards those less well off.
I find it the most disgusting of ethical molestations that the weakest and most vulnerable in society are being asked to do with less because the global economy was crashed by the greedy and corrupt, yet that is exactly what the ideologically stacked Welfare Razor Gang are proposing with their despicable bennie bashing attack on the welfare state.
If you are not angry, you haven't been paying attention. A new left conference is being planned for February.
UPDATE:A counterpunch to Cactus Kate's poor response to my initial criticism
Beneficiaries Do Fear The Right
Yet many of them didn't, in fact National's ability to mask its true self and claim the middle ground in the big blue tent strategy meant heaps really did believe in John Key's 'change' without realizing the 'change' would be 'loose', as in what's left of their benefit jingling around in their pocket 'change'. By highlighting your jaw droppingly racist and out right hate towards those you consider 'unpeople' they can see what the right really think. Thank you Cathy, thank you for being so honest with us all.
More cutting edge commentary from a man who requires the right-wing Whaleoil to boost his television ratings from two to twenty-two.
Well Cathy, I believe in platforming a wide range of opinions on a show that is funded by NZ on Air, its my sense of public broadcasting duty to have the other side of the debate, hell if you remember I actually offered you a position on the panel as well and with the station moving to terrestrial Freeview in March, much more of the country can view it than ever before. Thanks for asking.
Beneficiaries do fear the right Bomber, that's why they vote for the left who buy their votes with more benefits and bashing of those wealthier than them who are made to pay for the welfare.
Well, again, some didn't and seeing as they represent 14% of the 2008 electorate, I want them to be fully aware of what the right really think about them in case they think 'change' means something positive again. By the way, 'bashing the wealthy' is actually called a liberal democratic redistribution of wealth, I realize that concept is kryptonite to you, but seeing as only you, Ayn Rand and whatever rock ACT Party acolyte's crawl out from under seem to consider tax as theft, I'm afraid you are all out on a little neoliberal island of fringe there Cathy. Equally your claim of bribing the poor with welfare shows how limited your imagination is, the benefits were set 20% lower than the minimum nutrionalists recommended - starving out the most vulnerable is hardly a position of moral superiority, yet you seem to have oodles of moral superiority Cathy, it's most undeserved.
Let me summarise more of Bomber's cutting edge political and social commentary (remembering unlike myself and other bloggers, this is actually his occupation):
More hobby than occupation Cathy, but you did ask me to be the Judge of last years Blog Awards so I'll assume you have some respect in Tumeke.
- Professor Peter Saunders is an "islamaphobic fiction writer".
Yes that's right, in his downtime when he isn't agreeing that people's intelligence is connected to class he writes about a world where Muslim terrorists attack, hence calling him an islamaphobic fiction writer, Gordon Campbell at scoop did a very excellent review of it, I'm surprised you missed it.
- Roger Kerr (OMG) is married to Catherine Isaac and therefore can't comment objectively about ideas he's spent his lifetime proposing.
OH COME ON - the very next day of the meeting so that all the other panel members had read it, to 'soften up' the population for the pro-corporate suggestions and cuts to Welfare? (OMG) you have to do better than that, the ideologically stacked welfare razor gang has little interest in the actual welfare of beneficiaries and has had this corporatization of welfare agenda all along.
- Adrian Roberts and Enid Ratahi Pryor are bias to the point of being corrupt because they are working in welfare and profiting from it.
What possible interests other than their own profit motive would drive their recommendations? What have their operations got to do with the welfare of beneficiaries?
- Pig farmers aren't allowed to opine on the welfare of pigs.
You were running out by this point weren't you?
- More lies that I am proposing sterilisation of beneficiaries. I am not, I am simply stating the taxpayer shouldn't be paying for future children that beneficiaries cannot afford. They can still breed just don't expect others to pay for it.
You brought sterilization up and didn't decry it, you had the audacity to bemoan that Michael Laws had been criticised....actually you're right, when I write it that way you sound much meaner.
- I am a racist casual fascist.
Yes. That's right. Look you are an amazing blogger Kate, hell I voted for you and wrote favourably about your entries, but when you get to the social policy stuff, it's vile stinking hatred, and I'm calling you on that. What you vomited up there was cruel and bitter and actually just hateful towards vulnerable people many of whom are stressed out of their brains due to the recession and cut backs. What you wrote is racist casual fascism.
- I suggest solo mothering is a crime. No, that would require them to be jailed. I am suggesting having children when you cannot afford to is irresponsible and should be incentivised correctly by the taxpayer.
You don't get it do you? No where did you specify whom it was you were attacking, it was just Maori solo mothers, they should all be paid to stop breeding, what was your charming comment? The heaving pathetic underclass. You are criminalizing being a solo mother, it's just all a bit hateful isn't it Kate? Maybe you misspoke, maybe you didn't mean 'all solo mothers' - hell maybe you'd like to apologize for being so cruelly offensive (I'm kidding, we both know your ego wouldn't let you do that), maybe all those things, but you didn't, you just tar brushed every solo mother, and had a special beat down for Maori solo mothers.
Little wonder Bomber has for his entire "career" in broadcasting blissfully meandered between alternative radio and television mostly funded off the tit of the taxpayer forced to fork out for his reactionary crazed rants.
oh hey, personal abuse that has nothing to do with me pulling you up for a hateful rant Kate. Petty and beneath you Kate.
There was a brief foray into commerciality that ruined his brand completely by being tagged and owned by right-wing PR maestro Matthew Hooton in fronting for disgruntled big-business DML against Labtests pretending that the world was going to end when Labtests received a contract. It did only for Bomber, he had to apologise.
Wow, I know I've hit a nerve when you start dredging shit up, so let's point out that really embarrassing time last year when you breathlessly rushed to the media claiming you had an email suggesting that the news rooms were cutting their legal budget and so they couldn't write any legally difficult stories? Remember how hard you got smacked in the face over that little 'girl who cried wolf' moment? Hey when I fuck up I apologize, something you seem incapable of doing. You should see someone about that, surely your frequent flyer miles can clock up a little couch time?
You would think someone of Bomber's longevity in the New Zealand Broadcasting community would have evolved with a secure well-paid gig on something a little bit commercial by now? But no. He's still on the out.
Oh hey, more abuse that has nothing to do with me calling you out on your hate speech.
Bwaaaah...... right wingers are all beneficiary bashing, anyone who doesn't fall at the feet of the demands of Maori are racists, Business Roundtable commenting on welfare always bad, Ayn Rand! Adam Smith! Fascists the lot of you.........yawn. Bomber has been saying the same things since he was a teenager.
That's because you embody it Cathy and we've known each other since Uni. When do we get back to your worthless defence of your claim that The heaving pathetic underclass should be paid not to 'breed'?
It's like a cracked record when everyone else in their lives has moved on to CD's and iTunes.
Oh, more pointless abuse that doesn't get back to your worthless defence of your claim that The heaving pathetic underclass should be paid not to 'breed'?
For a man who has attempted to build a career in New Zealand with a gimmick of broadcasting fermenting conspiracies and his own brand of special Bomber hate speech against everything ranging from capitalism, the right and those richer than he thinks they should be, Bomber was quick to the trigger to link Sarah Palin with the shooting we find later caused by a crazed (more left wing) nutjob. Then denying it and abusing Whaleoil suggesting he doesn't read Whaleoil. We know that's another lie. Of course he reads Whaleoil. He reads my blog, we know that. Whaleoil is the star of Bomber's own show, of course he reads him.
Are you kidding me? This isn't actually going to ever going to get back to your defence of such a hateful thing to say is it Cathy? It's just mud throwing at me? You've got nothing here mate. As I told Whaleoil:
YAWN - No Cam, the only one jumping to conclusions is you, I wrote 2 lines they were: Sarah Palin will be banging her head against her keyboard after naming Gabrielle Giffords as a target... and ...the Tea Party will be praying he isn't a member. If those two lines represent, how did you so charmingly put it...Desperately you were trying to link an appalling assassination attempt and brutal killing of, ironically , a republican judge to the Tea Party and to Sarah Palin. By putting up a months old image and running the pinko smear lines you were putting the gun in her hand YAWN - yeah, good on you champ, good to see you are so punch drunk these days you swing at anything. That said I certainly think the Sherrif made a very good point when he highlighted the level of vitriol the Tea Party nutters had injected, but I suppose the Sherrif is a pinko as well huh Cam?
Oh and I was truthful about not reading Whaleoil's site since he sleazly edited that video of Jim Anderton, I said I'd start reading it again this year, hence my response to his post.
And I only read your finance stuff Cathy, I try and avoid everything else you write.
One would expand further of the anti-capitalist hate bile of Brand Bomber or even get upset at his name calling.
But given he requires and uses with it the right wing might of Whaleoil to star on his rip-off Ralston Group, Citizen A, to get more than two third party viewers, lets face it folks being abused by someone of the influence and quality of Bomber online as racist or fascist is akin to finding out you are being insulted in fluent Mongolian on The Voice of Mongolia.
Only the Mongolian has a much larger following in his community.
And yet you put so much face saving effort in for such a supposedly nothing blog Cathy? How disappointing. You are a great blogger but what you wrote was gutter bile and you are actually better than this response as well.
I thought your blog was disgusting and hateful and I've called you on it.