On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents present to modern society and Paula provided it with a promise to throw even more beneficiaries off welfare, this time by as much as 25%
National has announced further steps to try to reduce benefit numbers by 25 per cent, including paying more people to move to other regions for jobs and bonus payments for those who stay in a job for a certain period of time.
At a time when welfare offices around the country are under attack by furious beneficiaries driven to violence and threats of violence because of the hard line National have taken with the poorest and most vulnerable, no one even blinks when Paula announces even tougher targets. No one asks, ‘why are beneficiaries taking such extreme actions’ because bennie bashing is a cultural heritage in NZ alongside domestic violence, rugby and alcoholism.
As our inequality levels rise, as poverty intensifies and as the Governments total lack of an economic direction beyond rebuilding from earthquakes and crony capitalism start to show, the last thing we need is a political hypocrite like Paula Bennett being able to throw another 25% of beneficiaries onto the scrap heap.
Our lack of compassion for those who do not have is a sad indictment on the NZ of today.