Today the anticipated/dreaded welfare reforms of the Nats were announced at their conference. A key focus was addressing the high numbers of youths on benefits and not in any form of training. In typical National style, they are taking a sledgehammer to a walnut but….(at this risk of sounding like a raving tory) I tend to agree with some aspects.
There are certainly some down sides to this approach – ageist and the like are terms likely to whizz around with reckless abandon. On the other hand, they get free money when in many cases they have an alternative but they just don’t want it. Certainly there are those that for reasons of fate or circumstance need a benefit. And that’s fine…of concern to me are those that do not need one, but take one because it’s just that much easier than working. They piss me off, fair to say. I know a few and they are generally unapologetic about drawing a benefit instead of working.
To take a long term perspective, I draw on the basis of the green way…which is to build a resilient and healthy future. I would attest that you don’t build a strong and sustainable economy, society and nation on the back of welfare misappropriation any more than on the back of right wing baby-boomer politics. If we want to have the resources to protect the vulnerable, some of the strong gotta get off their butts. Welfare ought to be a safety net, not a career choice…so I am not in total disagreement with National’s changes…but hardly an advocate on all fronts.