The most calculated way to destroy ambition?

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$54,528 …that is 60% of the average household income in New Zealand. Official figures show that incomes below that sum are counted as being in “Poverty”.

Reading that, and taking into consideration the new Labour (well, coalition) Government here,  I should be out on the street with a begging bowl, because MY income is in total, less than HALF of the “poverty” level! But, I consider myself to be “comfortably off!”  Am I mad?
OK, you can say that I have no children to keep.  But those who have, also have allowances for each child, under a scheme brought in by a previous Labour government, namely “Working for Families.”  Those on low wages have a kind of reverse income tax, where their wages are made up to a level which takes into consideration the number of dependents.

Yet we are bombarded almost daily with what  MUST be misleading claims from Government that they are going to beat this situation of so many children “living in Poverty”. Propaganda surely?
How can there be “poverty”? Mismanagement yes, drugs and alcohol certainly, and I simply cannot see how any Government body can combat that. I get so angry about the way our servants can mislead us.

Perhaps I am the last person to ask questions about this WFF scheme or to make comments because until I started receiving Superannuation, I had never claimed a cent from any tax-payer.

Even now, although I have been a New Zealand citizen for half my life when I first applied for “Super”, I also had to fill in a form about ten pages long, to apply for any pension which might be owing to me by Britain.  I never see it, nor have I any idea of its size. It is taken in bulk by the New Zealand authorities. Presumably, this happens with people of Dutch origin also, or any other former nationality. Even so, as a superannuitant, if I include GST on everything I spend, I am paying 32% of my total income in tax.

But enough about that. My thoughts really are more on the subject of “Working for Families”, and I would dearly love to know what others think. I understand that low waged workers have their money made up to a level which is adjusted by the number of dependents.

Surely this is the most calculated way to destroy ambition?

Why work harder?

Why try to get a better job?

Why work overtime?

A beneficent “Government” (tax-payers) will pay me as I am. I don’t need to try harder; in fact, I could even lose out.

Rightly or wrongly I calculate that this measure was formulated to keep the proletariat low. To ensure their Left-wing votes. It may hold down wages too, but economically it cannot be a sound long-term policy. Or can it? Could any future government end it? Or would it ensure their demise?  I’d love to know what other Oilers think.

by The Bionic Woman

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