poverty

It’s Christmas, time to pimp the poor

It’s Christmas time and so we will see a constant stream of bludgers being pimped out to readers of the mainstream news outlets.

They will tell us how hard done by they all are and the reporters and papers will print their stories without a hint of irony or even bare research.

As is usual the Herald uses the same useful idiot to run their stories.

Simon Collins seems unable to realise his lack of perspective.

Hundreds of families from as far away as Hamilton are queuing at the Auckland City Mission for help to put food on the table this Christmas.

City Missioner Diane Robertson said the queue started at 1am on Monday after word got out on social media that Work and Income staff would be at the mission’s Hobson St offices from this week to process applications for emergency help.

The mission gave out 125 food parcels on Monday, compared with 39 on the first day a similar pre-Christmas Work and Income service opened last year.

It closed when the queue reached 200 families on Tuesday, up from 160 on the second day last year, and expected to feed a further 200 families yesterday.

Ms Robertson said the mission did not advertise the service, but word got out through local Work and Income offices and spread through word of mouth and social media.

Bludgers will be bludgers, if you are giving stuff away for free of course you will inundated…but hey it makes a great story to pimp out…and City Mission does this every year.

But let’s look at these so called poor.

Vanisa Samuel, 34, from Papatoetoe, saw it on a Facebook site called South Side Freebies.

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Waikato Times joins in Pimping the Poor

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A reader notes that the Waikato Times has joined in pimping the poor.

I tried to make a comment on this article stating that we don’t have “slums” in Hamilton and that these people should travel to Africa, India, South America etc to find out what a real slum looks like. I also suggested that they could tidy up their lawns and do some basic maintenance and their houses would look quite nice.

I thought you’d be interested – there have been a lot of these articles crying poverty coming from the Waikato Times lately – even as Hamilton is booming, growing fast, and clearly one of the most successful cities in NZ at the moment.

I am so tired of all the whining in our media about how awful NZ is.

We top the world rankings in so many different lists about quality of life/best places to live/least corrupt governments etc. I wish our media would find something else to talk about besides doom and gloom.

And what do you know…the Waikato Times shows us a house with not one, but two Sky dishes.

They then proceed to outline how all these people living in subsidised housing are apparently living in a slum.

One photo even has nice polished floor boards…some slum eh?

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Why international ranking charts on things like child poverty are b.s.

The left wing especially likes to trumpet international reports from places like the UN as gospel on things.

There is a recent report into child poverty that is currently being trumpeted by the left but no one bothers in this country to look beyond the report and the authors.

In the UK they have a somewhat more responsible and questioning press, which highlights why such reports are often nothing but b.s.

The British are a tolerant race, and we have long been used to having our deficiencies pointed out to us by self-important foreigners whose own countries sometimes leave a lot to be desired.

But there are limits. However broad our backs, there comes a time when we are entitled to question the motives of our critics — often highly paid United Nations’ officials fond of jetting around the world — and suggest as politely as possible that they should take a running jump.

The latest piece of idiocy does indeed come from the United Nations. A report by Unicef ranks Britain 25th in a child poverty table behind Chile (which holds the number one spot), Romania (12th) and even Bulgaria (20th).

Sounds dreadful. But is it?

Simple souls might imagine this suggests that children in our apparently benighted country are worse off than their counterparts in Chile, Romania and Bulgaria. It sounds shocking. My God, some will exclaim. This Coalition has a lot to answer for.

Of course it’s not true. The average income of a Briton is approximately three-and-a-half times that of a Chilean, over four times that of a Romanian, and six times that of a Bulgarian. Even poor children in this country have possessions which most middle-class children in these three countries wouldn’t dream of having.  Read more »

Socialist paradise has highest poverty rates

Everywhere around the world where socialists are in control there is increasing not decreasing poverty.

The basic tenet of socialism is that everyone gets to be miserable equally.

Even in wealthy countries the lure of socialism soon turns to disaster.

The State of California, formerly the most powerful economic force in the United States outperforming the economies of all but a very few countries in the world, is now the nation’s leader in a category that the formerly conservative, but now overwhelmingly progressively liberal and Democrat Party-controlled state, has to find embarrassing.

According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, California, which has been losing jobs to lower taxed, less state regulated states, now sports the nation’s highest rate of poverty, with almost one quarter (23.4%) of its residents living in poverty.

A depressing 8.9 million of the progressive controlled Golden State’s 38 million population are living in poverty in the once prosperous formerly conservative-run state.

Democrat-controlled Washington, D.C. came in at 22.4%

A similar study by the Public Policy Institute of California affirmed the state’s poverty rate at 22%, with some of the highest rates being in the “progressive” San Francisco area.

Los Angeles, which has been hijacked by the far left, had the highest poverty rate in the state at 26.9%.

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TVNZ now gets into Pimping the Poor

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TVNZ have entered the race to find the most deserving poor person to pimp out in the search for ratings.

A homeless family struggling to find a place to live are criticising a Government move to get rid of more state houses.
 
The family have been desperately looking for a home for months now.
 
Finance Minister Bill English today blamed local councils for a shortage of houses.

Jason Howe, his partner and their two daughters are at their wits end, deep in debt and unable to get emergency housing.

“And then I heard last night that they want to sell all the houses. I don’t know what to do. So if they’re going to sell all the houses where are we going to go?” Mr Howe told ONE News, crying.

The builder broke his wrist in July. He has been on ACC ever since, slipping behind on their rent and car payments and now living in a motel.

“We’ve been on the waiting list for Housing Corp for five months now. And it shouldn’t be this way when my partner suffers, cancer, colon cancer and [is a] type one diabetic,” he said.

But the couple say Work and Income has told them they don’t qualify for emergency housing. They’re now on the waiting list for a state house.

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For Jason Howe and his family, the options are grim.

“I’ve got no other choice but to sleep in my car,” he said.

If this couple is genuinely suffering then I feel sorry for them, however I have some questions.

– He supposedly broke his wrist in July which would have healed by now, were there complications? If not why is he not back working? He is on ACC the article says.

– He supposedly suffered a wrist injury but is pictured using a type of crutch, did he have another injury? If so why is it not mentioned?

– If he is going to have to live in a car how is he currently affording a motel? If he can afford a motel he could have serviced his rent supposedly.

– He is a builder, in Auckland they are in demand so he may have been on a decent wage, how would we know the article doesn’t say.

– ACC from memory pays 75 or 80 % of normal wage but I am not sure if that includes overtime but with two kids won’t he get Working for Families allowance?

– Given he has fallen behind in payments for his car is he really going to be sleeping in it?

I am sure readers will have a couple of questions of their own.

 

– TVNZ

Cat fight: Pagani vs St John

Josie Pagani and Susan St John are having a donnybrook over the direction of the Labour party and poverty.

One is an activist and member of the party the other is a lofty academic more attune with lecturing people.

My money is on the activist.

Susan St John accuses me of “visionless pro-work rhetoric” for writing in my blog about Labour’s position on extending the Working For Families tax credit to families not in work.

I’m not sure if Susan St John thinks it would be more visionary to be ‘anti-work’. I’m proud to support the core Labour value of work. The best way out of poverty is a well-paid job. The Labour movement is founded on the entitlement of working people to dignity through work and security when we can’t.

Those of us who have been in and around families needing benefits to live on have experienced the cycle of getting work, getting off the benefit and then getting back into it again. Work is the central security in our lives.

There will always be many who can’t work (or, often, could work but should not have to, such as many mothers of young children and many sick and disabled individuals among others.) Being ‘pro-work’ does not mean giving up on them or failing to represent them.

But my point was that you win the argument about doing more to help families on benefits if you can win the trust of those who are only two pay checks away from being on a benefit themselves.

Susan St John’s position implies the only way to help beneficiaries is by extending the in-work tax credit to beneficiaries. Yet we know that policy is unpopular.

So why don’t we get support to reduce child poverty and inequality? She implies the in-work tax credit for beneficiaries is unpopular because of the way it is framed. Others often say it is because voters don’t care about child poverty and inequality. I disagree.

Most New Zealanders really do care about child poverty. They understand the significance of increasing cash payments to beneficiaries. They’re not sceptical about the goal – they are sceptical about the in-work tax credit being the right tool to use.

It is revealing that, in an extensive quote from my previous column she left out this one:

“Only when we do that job properly (representing working people) do we win the trust of people to increase benefit levels; because another Labour principle is compassion.”

Yet that is the main point I was making: we lost trust. We have to ask why.

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Is it really too hard for people to bother to feed their kids?

Last night in the debate David Cunliffe delivered a sermon about starving children and how was the messiah who could deliver them from starvation.

He ignored the fact that Labour was in government for 9 years before National’s 6 years and that it is doubtful that so-called child poverty is entirely the fault of National.

There is a letter to the editor in the Herald this morning that looks into these so-called starving children that their parents can’t afford to feed.

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Friday morning Mailbag – What do we look like to people overseas?

First, the obligatory “thank but no thanks” Herald letter

Dear Editor

I have now reached the point where I can no longer subscribe to a
newspaper that has sunk to such a low point in journalistic bias as
yours has over the last weeks.

Not content with publicising a left wing orchestrated media campaign
and actually setting aside a full page interview with Mr Hager, a
self-confessed user of stolen material, you have today allowed a
political campaign by the New Zealand Council of Christian Churches to
appear as an editorial item in the on-line issue under the spurious
headline of a survey on “How Well Off are You”.

Where is the balanced reporting that shows other statistics
demonstrating there has been no increase in the income gap since the
mid-nineties if this was indeed editorial? No, it is a political
advertorial that you have allowed on your “front page”.

Regards.
Graham [redacted]

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Photo Of The Day

“Unemployed men queued outside a depression soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone,” February 1931.

“Unemployed men queued outside a depression soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone,” February 1931.

Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen during the Great Depression, Chicago, 1931

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The Number One Driver That Keeps People Trapped In “Poverty”

The Auckland City Mission has put out a report in election year (surprise surprise) titled “Speaking for Ourselves”.  They have asked 100 high users of their services about what keeps people in poverty.

I have read the report and if it wasn’t for deep breathing and that I have a pilates class for relaxation tomorrow I would require medical attention from the rise in blood pressure.

The problem with the report is that even those of you less prone to outbursts against this sort of narrative will read it and face palm.

Apparently the eight key drivers that keep people trapped in poverty are:

1. Debt

2. Justice

3. Housing

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Food insecurity

7. Services

8. Education

However reading the report I will add a ninth that is I believe the most important driver keeping these people trapped in poverty (whatever that actually is).    Read more »