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“If one budgets properly, one can pay one’s bills.”

From a multi-millionaire Prime Minister who had the benefit of a free, taxpayer-funded tertiary education, and lived in a subsidised State House, courtesy of New Zealand’s once-proud social welfare system…

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… to a government that cut taxes for the rich; raised GST for the poor; and has done precious-little to implement any meaningful job-creation policies,

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It appears that one can’t budget, Mr Key?

Of course, it’s easier to point the finger at the unemployed who’ve lost their jobs since the recession impacted on our society in 2007. Never apportion responsibility  at a government who appear unable to count.

It’s far, far easier to blame the solo-mums (but never solo-dads), invalids, widows, and sickness beneficiaries. After all, the Boardrooms of Goldman Sachs, Lehmann Bros, AIG, General Motors, Bank of Scotland, Lane-Walker-Rudkin, and over 40 finance companies here in New Zealand, were all run by welfare beneficiaries.

Let’s check some incomes and wealth levels,


Current benefit rates (after tax):

* Unemployment & sickness benefits: $204.96
* Domestic Purposes Benefit (one child): $293.58
* Invalids’ Benefit: $256.19
* Pension (single): $367.45

May also qualify for allowances: accommodation supplement (max of $225), childcare, allowance, disability allowances ($58.13).

Current wealth/income estimate for John Key & Ministers:

* John Key’s wealth: $55 million (Source)
* John Key’s  salary:  $411,510 p.a.  (Source)
* Paula Bennett, Social Welfare Minister salary: $257,800 p.a. (Source)

May also qualify for allowances: free accommodation; free transport; generous superannuation; and 90% subsidised airfares after retirement (after three terms in Parliament)

As our Dear Leader sez,

If one budgets properly, one can pay one’s bills.”

Perhaps he  and Ms Bennett should go onto the equalivalent of welfare benefits. Beneficiaries tend to know how to make ends meet living on a meagre amount of money.

In fact, maybe Key and Bennett should  do a straight swap – I know a few beneficiaries who could do a better job running this country.

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  1. Theodore
    28 April 2012 at 10:57 pm

    In one word, hypocrites. I’m meaning the Natz, not the poor buggers who’ve lost their jobs in the recession. The sooner we get rid of Key and his mates the better for this country

  2. Deborah Kean
    29 April 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I remember that in the 1990s, a woman (some say Shipley, I always thought it was Katherine Rich but I am open to correction) volunteered to live on the DPB for a week – she never did of course, because she got sick, and said she wouldn’t be able to manage. That in itself is “nuff said!”
    Deb

  3. 29 April 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I believe you’re right, Debbie – it was Jenny Shipley. When she cancelled because of her illness, that drew a critical response from beneficiary adbvocates who pointed out that those on welfare did not have Shipley’s option to “cancel out” and go back to a Ministerial salary…

    I think that’s what’s known as an “own goal”?

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