When will John Key drug test Cabinet?
So the latest bennie bash has been released, and it is to drug test beneficiaries to make sure they are 'work ready' and if they fail or refuse such an intrusion, they lose their benefit.
I'm waiting for Paula to extend taking DNA from all beneficiaries 'just in case' they become crims, because, well you know, dem bennies steal like gypsies.
Our societies joy in crucifying those on welfare is a National hobby alongside rugby, domestic violence and alcoholism. We love to bash the dirty filthy bennie, and drug testing them will have the talkhate radio volk in rapture.
But if we are going to drug test beneficiaries, why not have John Key lead by example and drug test his Cabinet? Beneficiaries AND Ministers are all paid by the taxpayer, the same demands put on beneficiaries should be placed upon them as well.
Who is more a danger to NZ? A stoned beneficiary trying to get a job flipping burgers or a drunk Minister signing up a Free Trade Deal that screws the country?
By bashing the dirty filthy bennie, National play to the lesser angels of our nature.
The working poor despise those on welfare, they see their day to day struggle to make ends meet against someone who 'gets money for free' and become as visceral with their hate as racists become. Rather than focus on the fact that right wing Governments in this country have attacked Unions and driven the minimum wage down, they turn on beneficiaries and end up supporting National Party policy that only enriches Farmers, bankers and the already wealthy.
The ability to convince the 60% of NZ who earn less than $30 000 to vote for policy that is counter productive to their long term interests has been the real victory of the National Party spin team.