Pulling back the rug on unemployment

The Dompost article from Narelle Henson highlights the general despair that many employers face with inadequate applicants for jobs.

Lindsay Mitchell explains why some people can’t get jobs:

Employers occasionally speak out about their difficulty in getting good people. It’s more often a lament heard on talkback radio than read in print but the stories aren’t uncommon. I don’t doubt their veracity and they make me angry, despairing and worried.

These ‘inadequates’ to put it politely will doubtless be passing on their own attitudes and impaired intelligences to their children. I fear that cutting off their benefit incomes won’t motivate them positively. It’ll just turn them into more resentful, more bitter and more desperate characters. 

That is not to say it shouldn’t happen.  A line has to be drawn. Society has to concede that some people have been helped as much as possible. Their education, their health, housing and income needs have all been met by the state to no avail. In fact, to their detriment.

The “next wave of benefit reforms” will begin to pull back the carpet under which we have swept this problem for too long.

The welfare state has demonstrably failed. If paying money to people was the solution then New Zealand would have solved the problem of unemployment and poverty many, many billions of dollars ago.

All welfare has done is create a lost generation of people who are doomed to indigence through the indolence encouraged by welfare.

The parties of the left and to a certain extent even National do not have the answers to solve this problem and as Lindsay Mitchell points out, all we are doing is sweeping the issue under the carpet, and that carpet is getting pretty lumpy and bumpy.

Perhaps Rodney Hide’s idea has merit.


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