Rodney Hide slays a few lefty myths…like the existence of child poverty in New Zealand.
Leftists and troughers are working overtime to make child poverty the new reason for funding them and centralising control.
Their catchcry is 250,000 children living in poverty. Their problem is if it were true we would notice.
We know what child poverty looks like. Many of us have witnessed it overseas. All of us have seen it on TV. We donâ€™t see it in New Zealand.
We see children neglected, for sure, and that makes us both angry and sad. But we blame the parents, not poverty. And, if personal responsibility makes us squeamish, we blame welfare for three generations of dysfunctional and non-existent parenting. Itâ€™s been public policy for years to sponsor child neglect.
Nonetheless the â€śchild povertyâ€ť drums are beating. I was made aware of just how hard by the NZ Initiativeâ€™s weekly newsletter reporting classic journalistic over-egging and UN propagandising.
The UN should but out, and start preparing a defence against their global warming scam.
Fairfaxâ€™s Stuff.co.nz reported last week that Unicef had â€śslammed progressâ€ť on child poverty in New Zealand.
Really? I didnâ€™t believe it and on your behalf put myself through the agony of reading yet another UN rubbish report. It doesnâ€™t â€śslam progressâ€ť on child poverty. That news was made up.
All the UN report says about New Zealand is that along with the UK and US, we were â€śmoderately affectedâ€ť by the â€śGreat Recession,â€ť that our big change in the family benefit system was in 2012 to institute a â€śhigher rate but lower income ceilingâ€ť and we are reported as middling along in various charts supposedly showing us where we fit in the child poverty stakes.
The news report is puffed out with various child poverty warriors beating the drum and Prime Minister John Key having to defend the governmentâ€™s record against the false accusation that the UN had â€śslammed progress.â€ť Such is the state of news reporting in New Zealand today.