Welfare ain’t broke – It’s the Jobs that ain’t there, John-boy!
Jobs, Welfare, & the Joys of a National “Government”
John Key, being empathetic,
” I have said before that I believe in the welfare state and that I will never turn my back on it. We should be proud to be a country that looks after its most vulnerable citizens. We should be proud to be a country that supports people when they can’t find work, are ill, or aren’t able to work. ” – John Key, 30 January 2007
The promise of National policies on job creation…
“This is a budget that actually delivers that. Treasury say in the Budget, as a result of this platform on what we’ve delivered, 170,000 jobs created and 4% wage growth over the next three to four years.” – John Key, 19 May 2011
The economic reality of National’s “leave it-to-market-forces” policies…
” New Zealand’s unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 6.7pc in the first quarter after the labour force swelled to a three-year high as more people started looking for work in what’s been a tight jobs market. The kiwi dollar fell after the data was released.
The unemployment rate rose 0.3 percentage points to 6.7 per cent in the three months ended March 31, from a revised 6.4 per cent in the prior quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand’s household labour force survey. That’s higher than the 6.3 per cent forecast in a Reuters survey of economists. ” – NZ Herald/Household Labourforce Survey, 3 May 2012
A minister forced to admit the bleedin’ obvious,
“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
How National deals with a stagnant economy and growing unemployment; blame the beneficiaries,
“We will be introducing social obligations, so they will have to enrol their child in early childhood education and get well-checks at the doctor by enrolling with the local PHO. If you have kids, then you will lose 50 per cent of your benefit. That’s the worst case scenario. We hope it doesn’t get to that.” – Paula Bennett, 27 July 2012
After all, everyone (who votes National/ACT) knows that welfare beneficiaries – the unemployed, solo-mums, widows, invalids, etc - really run the country; hold the reigns of power; and create the policies that generate jobs.
John Key, not-so-empathetic,
” But it is also true that anyone on a benefit actually has a lifestyle choice. If one budgets properly, one can pay one’s bills. And that is true because the bulk of New Zealanders on a benefit do actually pay for food, their rent and other things. Now some make poor choices and they don’t have money left. ” – John Key, 17 February 2011
National’s view on unemployment,
” But as a country, we need to have a hard look at where the welfare system has got to. I don’t think our welfare system today is what its architects had in mind. That’s why National has a new approach to reduce long-term benefit dependency. ” – John Key, 15 August 2011
An unemployed person’s view on unemployment,
” It’s just so tough out there at the moment. I do have limited experience. I’ve only had one reply from my ads but a few people have rung about my sign on my fence. They think I’m offering work though … there is next to nothing going out there. ” – Jeffrey Rollo, 4 August 2012
Is this a welfare “problem” – or a lack-of-jobs problem? Who do you believe? John Key or Jeffrey Rollo?
Which begs the questions – will National’s welfare “reforms” create jobs? Will it put Jeffrey Rollo into work?
Will youth rates help Jeffrey Rollo into work?
Will an employer hire Jeffrey Rollo at $13.50 an hour – or an 18 year old at $10.80 an hour?
Who get’s a job that 150 other people will also be applying for?
The answers are fairly obvious.
Exporting jobs to places like China will not create jobs. We end up paying our own workers to rot on the unemployment scrapheap.
Welform “reforms” will not create jobs. Welfare is not “broke”, and is operating as it should, saving people from starving to death.
Youth rates will not create jobs. It simply shifts the few remaining deck chairs around ‘S.S. New Zealand’.
It is time to invest in jobs in our own country. Blindingly obvious, I would’ve thought.
Unfortunately, as events are now unfolding, it appears that we will have to wait for a change of government that will be job-creation-friendly.
The Household Labour Force Survey: September 2012 quarter will be released on 8 November.
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