It's official! Beneficiary bashing is our new favorite cultural past time alongside alcoholism and domestic violence.
The hatred Paula Bennett has been able to whip up around beneficiaries has been special. Going onto Michael Laws talk-hate radio show to chat about restricting DPB mothers and daughters from breeding was a charmer. Releasing the personal details of a solo mum who challenged her in public only to have to pay a secret settlement after the Human Rights Commission reprimanded her for a privacy breach was inspiring, and Paula's ability to produce statistics that hide the disqualifications from welfare to suggest fewer people on welfare is a neat trick worthy of the mindfreak, Chris Angel.
You get the feeling that the hatred towards the dirty filthy bennie runs deep in Parliament. My impression is that the National Party creche in the Beehive has a beneficiary pinata they bring out for their children to bash with 'Paula sticks' until all the sweet taxpayer money is smashed out of their hollow paper mache bodies.
National needs the hatred of the dirty filthy bennie to be at the forefront of the NZers minds. National are about to implement their latest round of welfare cuts aimed at ways to disqualify beneficiaries rather than get them a job.
The working poor of NZ look at the pathetic hourly wage they earn and eye up the welfare cheque with envy. Rather than blame National for implementing far right employment law in the 1990s that depressed wages to the paltry levels they are today, they buy into National's morality narrative and gleefully bash the beneficiary poor.
Beneficiaries are too disconnected from the voting process to fight back and so are an easy target. Doesn't matter if it's David Shearer and his fictitious bennie on the roof or it's John Key blaming poor people for getting hand outs at food banks, our love to grind, smash, crucify, torture, belittle, degrade, harass, spit on, piss on and shit on beneficiaries knows no ends.