Socialism in all its glory, in three short paragraphs

by George


There were three articles in yesterday’s NZH that highlight everything wrong with our society. The first was the expectation that the taxpayer fund the “pepi-pod” bed for new born babies so that they can share the bed with their parents. Why? I don’t care what sleeping arrangements people choose but I’m stuffed if I will pay for their baby’s cot. Why can’t the parents pay for it? Again, they have more children and expect us to finance their choice of sleeping arrangements and then, when they go to school, they expect us to feed them as well!

The second article gave truth to the “cradle to grave” welfare mentality. I quote from a letter to the editor. The author, who is a superannuitant, claims that his “accommodation benefit” had not been increased since 2012. “This is disgraceful,” he claims, his accommodation benefit has stayed at $125.00 per week but should have been increased to $200.00. He then claims, “The backpay owing me is $10,937. If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.” If he is still living in the same accommodation, and I assume he is for I’m sure he would have told us otherwise, it then makes a mockery of his claim. If he is still there then the taxpayer paid enough for him to do so! So on behalf of the taxpayer, the job was done properly.

The third article was headed “Balance needed after ravages of neo-liberalism” and written by Dame Anne Salmond, Professor of Maori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland. I won’t bore you with the detail but there is one paragraph I would like to quote: “The outcome, as one might expect, is an abject failure to tackle major threats to human prosperity and survival. For this reason, neo-liberalism is sometimes described as one of humanity’s worst ideas, along with communism, whose hypercollectivism is the flip side of neo-liberalism’s hyperindividualism”. According to her that is you and me in a nutshell folks.

So there we have it. Socialism in all its glory, in three short paragraphs.

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