Class act, National – taking money of widows?!
Bennett sez that welfare has,
“…become a bit of a trap for quite a few people…
… That sounds to me like it’s trapping them there and not giving them the kind of opportunities that they need, so changing those will make a big difference for them.”
I would have thought that it’s a lack of jobs “trapping” people in welfare?!
Not enough jobs = people on welfare.
Seems simple enough to me. Even Bennett admitted this, on TVNZ’s Q+A,
“ No. There’s not a job for everyone that would want one right now, or else we wouldn’t have the unemployment figures that we do. ” – Paula Bennett, 29 April 2012
And just five months earlier, Key had stated,
“We agree with you, it’s the government’s responsibility to do everything within it’s powers to try to get people jobs.” -John Key, 17 November 2011
So where are the jobs?
Key and Bennett make big noises about jobseekers’ and other beneficiaries having obligations to find work. Where is the obligation of National to create an economy that would produce these new jobs?
Thus far, not only has National failed to create the 170,000 new jobs they promised last November – but unemployment is on the rise.
And National’s respomnse is to threaten the unemployed with benefit cuts and force compulsion onto solo-mothers to undertake so-called “social obligations”?
It’s gotten to the point where this shabby government and it’s incompetant ministers have taken to robbing widows, for chrissakes,
“Apart from penalties, the only groups that will face an actual benefit cut are widows and women alone with no dependent children. The widows’ benefit, now $213.49 a week, will disappear next July and widows without dependent children will go on to Jobseeker Support at $204.96, a cut of $8.53 a week.”
$8.53 less: that’s a loaf of bread; a bottle of milk; and a tub of butter, less to put on the table. From women who’ve gone through the tragedy of losing their partners and husbands.
That’s how low National and this country has gone; taking food of the tables of widows.
Christ, New Zealand, how f*****g proud are you to elect people like these cockroaches to Parliament?
Meanwhile, that taxpayer-bloated, minister - charged with “protecting” the most vulnerable people in our society and who have suffered the most from the fallout of the Global Financial Crisis - enjoys a highly paid “job” with perks that the rest of us could only dream about.
A bit of background into Paula Bennett’s life before she came to Parliament…
- Paula Bennet was a solo-mother, at age 17
- Just two years later, she got a Housing Corporation loan to buy a $56,000 house in Taupo.
- All of this while on the domestic purposes benefit.
- Paula Bennet was a recipient of the Training Incentive Allowance (a WINZ special allowance)
- Paula Bennet obtained her degree at Massey University, through the TIA, at taxpayers’ expense (which she has since canned for other solo-parents
- She tried a part-time job whilst at at Uni, but gave it up, citing it was “too much for her” to study and be a solo-mum at the same time.
So that’s the sort of parasitic creature we now have, sitting in a well-padded ministerial chair, on her equally well-padded backside.
All at taxpayers’ expense.
The same could be said of John Key; speculator; millionaire; and now ‘esteemed’ Prime Minister.
The same John Key who,
- as a child, benefitted from living in a cheap, state owned house, at taxpayers’ expense,
- had a widowed mum who received a wideowers benefit (now cut) and Family Benefit ( now gone)
- aas a young man, benefitted from a free University education, at taxpayers’ expense (pre-student fees and loans)
These two well-paid politicians have enjoyed every assistance and benefit imaginable from our earlier social support mechanisms.
Now they have the utter hypocrisy to attack others receiving the same social support systems and welfare that they benefitted from?
And worse still – these two parasites have not even bothered to fulfill their end of the “contract” that they entered with the country and unemployed!
Paula Bennett is muck-raking when she says,
“It’s growing all the time … so if we can get them in, if we can give them the kind of help that they need, then I think that will make a big difference.”
The only “help” that welfare beneficiaries need are jobs. Bennett makes no reference to a lack of jobs and growing unemployment, because she is studiously avoiding her responsibilities and attempting to shift blame onto the victims of National’s ineptitude.
Cast our memories back to November, last year;
National committed itself, and pledged to voters, a programme of job creation. They were elected on the basis of a “bright new future” of 170,000 new jobs.
Instead we’ve had growing redundancies and rising unemployment.
Meanwhile, the unemployed are queuing up for any vancancies that do appear on the jobs market,
“A “high volume” of people applied for jobs advertised with 1st Call, with at least 100 people applying for each administrative role.” – Source
“The jobs are being welcomed by Bay job-hunters – about 1000 people applied for just 90 jobs at a new McDonald’s in Mount Maunganui, which is due to open next month.” – Source
“The 20-year-old is among at least 51 people who have been given jobs at Rotorua’s new Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers, which opens next month. After reading about the restaurant’s open recruitment day in The Daily Post, Mr Watson joined 349 people who queued to be interviewed by Wendy’s staff on Thursday last week.” – Source
“He went for a job at a petrol station and found out he was one of about 60 applying for one position. He was also one of 40 who applied for three jobs at a supermarket.” – Source
“Advertisements were placed one week ago for the 124 jobs in sales, administration, customer-service and trade specialist areas, and over 1500 applications have been received so far. Complex Manager Derek Powell says that people from all backgrounds have applied for the roles, and that the positions suit those with a background or interest in customer service, retail or the building trades.” – Source
It is not the unemployed, solo-mums (but never solo-dads), widows, etc, who are not meeting their obligations in seeking employment. The evidence shows that they are queuing up at every opportunity.
It is National who has failed to meet their obligations in fulfilling their committment to create jobs.
Whilst National ministers are collecting generous ministerial salaries, they are not fulfilling any of their responsibilities to ensure that jobs are being created.
It is not the unemployed who are “work shy” – it is John Key, Paula Bennett, Steven Joyce, et al – who are failing to meet promises of job-creation, and yet they have the brazeness to blame the unemployed.
And worse still is that a sizeable portion of the population are foolish enough to buy this repulsive attempt to blame the victims of a stagnating economy. New Zealanders might try taking an interest in what is happening in their own society, rather than obsessed aver mother-daughter porn on television.
This blogger is disgusted with the like of Key and Bennett who blame the unemployed for their own failings.
But more than that, I hold every New Zealander, who was idiot enough to vote for National last year, responsible. Theirs is the ultimate responsibility for giving us a government that is hopeless at governing.
Are you people happy now?
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