John Key's crippling of the Welfare State will fuel riots, not prevent them
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well housed, well warmed and well fed."
Let me get this straight - your 'big plan' National is dog whistling bennie bashing bullshit to stop 16 and 17 year old beneficiaries using their benefit to buy tobacco and alcohol?
16 AND 17 YEAR OLDS CAN'T BUY TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL!
This is supposed to defuse the possibility of riots? This is supposed to deal with 20% youth unemployment? This is supposed to create jobs? This bennie bashing crap won't do any of that - all it does is punish those who don't have work in a 6.5% unemployment environment.
Bennie bashing youth on welfare is as politically easy as screaming 'tax cuts for all', but it's a smokescreen. This is about privatization of social welfare via private companies rather than solutions, the bonus should go to employers courageous enough to offer jobs, it shouldn't go to a private company the Government sub-contracts it's social obligations out to.
Seeing as the ideologically stacked Welfare razor gang had representation from the private social welfare industry (Adrian Roberts and Enid Ratahi Pryor) it is no surprise that they have decided to contract their obligations away to private companies, when even Fran O'Sullivan is dubious of the changes, the sleepy hobbits of NZ should wake up.
In a tactic that National have used again and again, the ideologically stacked welfare razor gang gave the Government the radical policy they needed and managed to add an element so fascist that it made Genghis Khan wince with their 'back to work after 14 weeks' for a second child which allowed John Key to reject it creating the perception that he's moderated what is still a radical attack on society's most vulnerable and weak.
National did it with the mining of conservation land, they put up Great Barrier when they never had any intention of mining Great Barrier so they could remove it from the list to make them look like they had 'listened' and create the perception of moderation.
Key had the audacity to describe the forcing of mothers back after 14 weeks as making him 'queasy' which is funny because his comments that poor people who take food parcels are to blame for their own poverty alongside his claim that if he cut welfare to all beneficiaries then bugger all would starve made me pretty queasy.
The fact still remains - a mother should be with her 1 year old, that 1 year old shouldn't be brought up by the State. What is the point of making those mothers lives unbearable? What weird counter-productive right wing talk hate radio kneejerk are we allowing to happen here?
National's tactic of proposing 100% crazy and selling 80% crazy as compromise is like getting the National Front to write immigration policy and then look aghast at what they come up with while implementing most of it.
Why should the most vulnerable; the solo mums, the sick, the mentally unwell, the disabled, why should they be forced to do with less because of an economic global crises caused by corporate greed that they had no hand in making? As I love to point out endlessly, how many solo mothers were on the phone to their Wall St Stockbrokers in 2007/2008 buying lite crude in Euros and speculating on Goldman Sack derivatives?
It is this Government's economic turbo charged incompetence that has led to the crippling of the welfare state aided by John Key's out of touch bubble world millionaire lifestyle which concludes for him that poor people needing food parcels choose to be poor and that if he cut benefits, bugger all beneficiaries would starve. By subsidizing a tax cut for the rich by increasing GST, the revenue from tax revenue fell by a Billion dollars, a Billion that English said would be made up from social welfare, which is what we are seeing now.
All stick and no play makes little Wiremu a prison statistic and that is all we are doing here. If you want to lift the poor out of poverty in the most real way, spend $20million on feeding the 3 lowest decile schools in NZ.
No matter what bennie bashing bullshit Key in his optimistic little bubble world may think, the reality is you can't teach hungry children, this plan does NOTHING to lift those 210 000 NZ children out of poverty, and that is the great disappointment of this Government.
This will be as much a failure as those bloody boot camps that seem to be only good at producing fitter criminals. Adopting freemarket social policy to combat the effects of freemarket economic meltdown is like using petrol to put out a fire.