Working for (other peoples) Families

I have read with increasing alarm the news over Working for Families.

The insidious effects of this policy will be felt by New Zealanders for many years to come. We have, under Labour, become a nation of beneficiaries totally surrendering our free will and economic well being to a group of people who mostly have never ever taken a risk with their own money or even employed someone from their own pocket.

We have now the ridiculous situation where more than 70% of our population are dependent on the government for some if not all of their household income.

Labour has committed in its third term to lifting productivity, yet on the other hand has systematically deployed policies that actually will destroy productivity. As the Dominion Post points out there is little point in moving from $38,000 to $60,000 when the state will simply make up the difference.

[quote]Lifting productivity is a central focus for this third term in government. That is critical for achieving the high wage, high skill, high value economy New Zealand needs to become. Increasing productivity is not about working harder, but about working smarter.[/quote]

Thus Labour is actually nailing the last nails into the coffin of productivity and using the hammer of Working For Families to do it.

I fail to see how making large numbers of New Zealanders beneficiaries is going to contribute anything to the oft stated goal of moving New Zealand to the top half of the OECD. Right now the statistics that we are in the top half of the OECD for are down right embarrassing;

  • New Zealand has the third highest proportion of adults in prison, with 132 adults per 100,000 population being imprisoned, behind the Czech Republic with 150 and the United States with 469.

  • Kiwis are the most likely to be victims of car theft and burglary, with 2.7% of the population reporting being the victim of car theft in 2000, and 4.3% being the victims of burglary.

  • New Zealand was also found to be one of 10 countries with 50% or more adults being defined as overweight or obese.

  • New Zealand has the seventh highest number of overweight or obese people, with 56.2% of Kiwi adults in that category.

New Zealand is facing a crisis. That crisis is creeping socialism.

New Zealanders are gaining succour from sucking in increasing numbers from the public tit. Somewhere somehow someone is going to have to pay for this and mark my words it will not be Helen Clark, she will have long shuffled of to some other job.

We are being robbed of our dignity, our honour and our ability to provide for ourselves through the massive expansion of the welfare state.

It is patently ridiculous to have those who Helen Clark herself described and the most well off of New Zealanders and those who should in her words carry a larger burden receiving government benefits. When Clark was elected in 1999 on the promise that only 5% of Kiwi taxpayers would be hit with the higher tax it was on the understanding that that was to fund programmes for the needed. It is then with some distaste that we find ourselves now in receipt of government benefits and the numbers paying the higher tax are getting close to 10%.

I like many of my associates are actually eligible for many government benefits, this eligibility is arrived out through our own ability to structure our activities in such a way that we actually do not earn any money. We however would not demean ourselves to take what we do not want nor need. However many New Zealanders will fall into the trap that is welfarism. Once in that trap it is very difficult to extract yourself especially with increasing dependence on that welfarism.

New Zealand will have to face some critical decisions in a few years. They are the sort of decisions that we have faced before but on a much smaller scale. The decisions are how to quickly and with as little pain as possible remove ourselves from folly that are benefits. We have done it before in the rural community, where they were the beneficiaries of much government largesse, robbing New Zealand of international competitiveness and breeding lazy thinking and activities. The solution was painful, the results spectacular. New Zealanders must now face that same issue.

We must withdraw from the addiction that is welfarism. The only way we can compete in an increasingly competitive world is through innovation and hardwork. We will not achieve that when the majority of our citizens are dependent on the government for succour rather than the results of their own efforts.

 


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