At least someone gets that you can’t solve child poverty with medians

The Taxpayers Union comments on what will be Jacinda Ardern’s biggest failure, not that she will care as she will be long gone before this disaster ever hits her arse.

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says Labour’s proposed child poverty targets are about delivering socialism, not better lives for children.

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Tying poverty measures to the median income is simply a target for socialism. It means that as long everyone is equally poor, Labour will have met their goal.”

“Labour is even going to require consultation with kids – it’s truly Barbie-doll politics.”

“The saddest thing about these proposals is they suggest Labour’s claimed concern for kids in hardship was fake all along. This is leftist ideology with no mention of economic growth, getting people of welfare, productivity, employment, and entrepreneurship.”

“Labour hopes National will vote for their soundbite policy. National must avoid this trap and stand for prosperity over socialism.”

They may as well legislate that 1 + 1 = 3.

This isn’t barbie-doll politics, it is policy from the Ritalin generation. Requiring children be consulted?

Imagine it; ‘Jacinda, its not fair, everyone else in my class has an iPhone X, I neeeeeeed one too.’ or ‘Jacinda, why can’t I have a free uniform like those charter school kids.’

I guess they were, since it seems the children are in charge at the moment.

Jacinda Ardern says:

“What this bill is saying is we are not afraid to be held to account.”

Oh yes, she will be held to account. In a year’s time the numbers won’t have moved and then we can hold her to account. If she is still in her job.

Here is a big question that a journalist needs to ask: Is there a single country in the world where child poverty does not exist, by these measures?


-Taxpayers Union

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