In Parliament today, Paula Bennett described unemployment numbers to be 'Bouncy. Like me.'
Bouncy is a fun word isn't it folks? It conjures up bouncy castles, bouncy trampolines, bouncy balls.
I would suggest however that Bennett is as far away from the fun sense of bouncy as humanly possible. Instead of answering the hard questions about her draconian beneficiary bashing crucifixion of the poor, Paula has constantly used infantile answers to try and push aside any real scrutiny of her policies.
So let's scrutinize.
CPAG have done some OIA fishing and have discovered the terrible truth behind the bennie bashing policy. According to Work and Income NZ, as of the end of August 2012, 377 people with dependent children have had benefits reduced by 50%. 234 of them were sole-parents receiving the DPB. In 84 cases, the child in the family was younger than five.
The very thing many on the left warned would happen by implementing this new purge has happened. Despite Paula's claims that beneficiaries with children wouldn't face these steep sanctions, 377 have.
The stress this poverty will cause children whose only crime is to be born to a beneficiary is difficult to measure but the fun Bouncy Bennett routine becomes quickly eclipsed by Cruel Paula reality doesn't it?
NZ is fast becoming the place compassion goes to die.