Cartoon courtesy of Phillip Ure at Whoar.co.nz
The three main cultural past times of NZers are beneficiary bashing, domestic violence and alcoholism.
This Government have built a reputation on bashing beneficiaries. No other Government has been so ruthless in creating ways to disqualify beneficiaries (unless those beneficiaries are pensioners, then this Government can’t do enough for baby boomers), but before they get a gold card, beneficiaries are the filthy thing one steps in and attempts to wipe off by dragging ones foot along the gutter.
Why do we universally hate the dirty stinking beneficiary? Two main reasons. Living in a user pays consumer culture, the well to do need to believe that their privilege has been built by their own clever choices and innate talent. The well to do will refuse point blank to consider that privilege has anything to do with power structures already in place within society. Hence, their position in society has been built by their clever choices, and thus those who don’t succeed are to blame for their lack of resources. To actually empathise with those who have little in itself diminishes the glory of their own position so they remain hard hearted and selfish.
The other reason we hate the dirty filthy bennie is due to the 1990 union crushing employment relations laws created by National. These policies deflated wages so much so that hard working people look at the pathetic amount they are paid each week and then glare at the welfare cheque in envy. Rather than blame the National Party for generating an environment that killed off wages, they blame the solo mother down the road.
When the benchmark for public discourse is Seven Sharp and the Paul Henry Show, it is no wonder these critical explanations never see the light of day.
So after pressuring beneficiary mums to make their daughters go on long term birth control, after using cannabis as a means to get disqualified for the benefit, after forcing teenage beneficiaries into cards that can’t be used to buy alcohol and tobacco – even though teenagers can’t buy those products anyway, after cancelling anyone who fails the very narrow definitions of being a beneficiary, after forcing the sick back to work using cruel tactics, after using bennie bashing as a means of distraction every time the Government gets into trouble, we now have this hypocritical sanctimonious maggot Paula Bennett, who illegally published private details of a beneficiary who had the temerity to criticise Bennett for closing an allowance she herself had benefited from, now that Queen of Slime is doing a victory dance at cancelling beneficiary’s who have travelled overseas…
Bennett accused of ‘cheap publicity stunt’ over beneficiary trips
Beneficiary advocates say Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is unfairly trying to paint beneficiaries as extravagant after she disclosed how many had benefits suspended for unapproved trips abroad.
Ms Bennett said more than 21,000 beneficiaries had their benefits cut in the past nine months for trips abroad that did not meet the rules.
…many Pacific Island families fly back to the Islands for funerals, statistically they feel poverty heavily and are featured highly in unemployment stats – Bennett is being racist by using that cultural norm to disqualify as many as possible from welfare and then having the audacity to claim what she is doing is a good thing shows how venal her policy really is.
The problem here is that National voters love her for doing it. They don’t care if there is suffering or hardship experienced by this cruelty as social policy, their smug sense of self righteous indignation must be mollified at the mere thought a dirty smelly bennie could fly anywhere. ‘If a dirty smelly bennie has money to fly they shouldn’t be on welfare’ the angry Tory snarls while putting on their Paul Henry slippers and ZB bathrobe after a long day of being spiteful. Bennett pulls this shit because National voters love it, she doesn’t do dog whistles, she does dog megaphones.
Tonight Key will be the main drawcard at the $110-a-plate for Young Nats Ball at Auckland’s Rendezvous Hotel. Never before have so many complacent, self-satisfied, egotistical, pompous, conceited, self-righteous, snobbish, self-contented privileged young arseholes all gathered in one place before, here they were last time, didn’t note a Cameron Slater led claims of Nazism when these photos were released…
…these juvenile monsters would make the spoiled rich wankers on MTV’s Sweet 16 look positively conscientious. These spawn will be joined by Judith Collins, Chris Finlayson, Nikki Kaye, Sam Lotu-liga, Maggie Barry, Jami-Lee Ross, Tau Henare, and other no neck no names from the National Party for a knees up of triumphant cross burnings and jokes about poor people who fly.
If such a sight sickens you and you would like to let Paula know just how much contempt you hold her and the rest of the National Party in, join the loud, noisy and uber cool block party protest outside the event tonight…
…I wonder if Paula will allow any of the 285 000 children in poverty into the party?