While John Key looks straight down the barrel of the media and tells the country that he is center right, private contractors earning large large fees will be trying to force the mentally unwell back into the workforce.
Will the same manufactured disqualification regime used to cut benefits be employed here as well I wonder? Will the depressed and the anxious be urine tested for cannabis use and then expelled if they fail the test?
Eventually. That’s how the private contractor gets guaranteed their profit margin. Cannabis use is high, disqualify those who use it, get a juicy fee. If there is no stick to this regime, no means to punish the depressed for none compliance to work testing, the whole things falls over as pointless.
For all the NZers we can surely spare some compassion for, isn’t it the mentally burnt out and fried that society piles high around itself as collateral damage for capitalism whom we can give sympathy to?
Per year, National has handed back $400m in tax cuts to the wealthiest NZers, you can’t tell me that we are unable to divert some of that into sparing the mentally depressed from further anxiety?
Isn’t it perverse that private contract Drs will be sent like hit teams into evaluate and rubber stamp the unwell to employment status? How many depressed and mentally unwell were speculating on Wall street? How is the global economic meltdown their responsibility in any way? These are the people we protect from the ravages of the free market, they aren’t the ones we sacrifice to it.
While Key’s popularity soars due to incredible spin and brand management in an uncritical media environment, National are pushing all their top shelf far right corporate induced policy crucifying the poor. Without a visible Opposition, he’s succeeding.
Forcing the mentally unwell back to work using private contractors makes Caligula look compassionate. What are we becoming?