Paula Bennett misleads country on drug testing costs
Bashing dirty filthy bennies is one thing, but misleading the public about how much that bashing is going to cost us must give the redder-necked Shire Volk of NZ cause to pause?
Bennett excitedly told the country of her new drug testing beneficiary brainfart a month after the Government was desperately trying to put any issue other than the larger classroom fiasco in the headlines.
The haste with which they had to put a raw meat piece of policy together to try and deflect attention away from that political self mutilation hit it's first hiccup one day later when Paula had to quickly explain that it wouldn't be used against addicts who were on sickness beneficiaries as critics started to feast on her announcement.
It seems that won't be the only back-peddling Paula will be doing as it has now been revealed that a Ministry of Health document has cast a deep shadow over her claim that this drug testing regime will save any money...
The memo indicates the plan to cut benefits for job seekers who fail drugs tests could cost up to $14 million per year - double what the Government is setting out to save.
It also says the move could have a dubious effect on people's health and overall welfare.
Beneficiaries who use drugs recreationally could overstate their use to prevent their benefits being cut.
...Paula has misled the country on the costs of this raw meat policy and it looks like it will be simply counter productive if every beneficiary claims they are now an addict to avoid the tests.
This idiocy was spat out when National were frantic for headline space to gloss over their political mismanagements, it looks like that haste will bite Bennett in the arse at a time when her judgement is currently being heavily criticized.
She has threatened all those on benefits that she would release their personal details after the Human Rights Commission told her she was in breach of privacy, she won't measure child poverty and was flippant about those children who are in poverty and now she has been caught out misleading the country on drug testing costs.
She's allowed to get away with this because as a solo mother, she's the perfect front for draconian legislation aimed at solo mothers and no one ever lost an election by bashing dirty filthy bennies.
The manner in which we are allowing the most vulnerable in society to be treated should be a national shame.