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yes sideshow, all those dastardly cunning solo mums and people with chronic fatigue syndrome, spinal injury sufferers in their great conspiracy to dominate and control the honest golf playing SUV drivers who suffer a horrible existance in the cafe scene of suburban New Zealand. It’s enough to make my very soul weep like the nile in flood.
Phillipjohn, those are people who perhaps deserve to be on the benefit. But not the losers who sit on their arses all day because they’re too lazy to work, while the rest of us work our arses off to pay our taxes, to pay the lazy bastards who are to lazy to do the same.
Hell, I’m a hard working middle-class man with a wife and two kids. We’re a one-income family paying a mortgage in South Auckland.
I earn enough that I get nothing from the government, but I only earn enough to just keep our heads above water.
I’m sorry mate, but SUVs, golf clubs and eating at cafes are in some other world – certainly not my world or the world of the other middle-class Kiwis I know.
Not that I expect – or even want – handouts, but the government certainly makes it easier for those less hard-working/motivated than myself.
If you ignore the value judgments, I would observe that the base is far too narrow.
The less redistributed the income – last I heard (that Critical Mass book) – the more we can expect it to resemble a power-law relationship, with a very few very rich and a very many very poor at the bottom.
Whether that’s absolute poverty or not I couldn’t say, but relative poverty is trouble.
Take a look at this site you guys, some amazing links to bloggers all over the world:
Asia, S.America, Africa, M East
it really opened my eyes to how ordinary people can express an opinion freely even from countries that are riddled with oppression. The links to mexico blogs, Zimbabwe, Iraq, whatever take your interest are really good !!
Of course it’s a distorted view of reality, but it’s certainly the way some people would have it if they could get away with it, and which they keep trying to impose on NZ. And equally side show bob is right… the left just imposes a different pyramid, where position close to or at the top is based solely on connections rather than a mix of wealth and connections.
Till the pyramid is inverted, so that ordinary people have real power over those in public “service” – from politicians to cops to bureaucrats – we’re just voting to shift one set of characters out of the picture and replace them with another. The only constant is the vast majority of ordinary people left on the bottom.
That poster is a far, far better representation of the welfare state than of capitalism. The hard-working taxpayer has to feed the thousands of other able-bodied people, who are just, if not more, as capable to do a job as the taxpayer who feeds him-then has little to feed himself with, unless he and his spouse have to full time jobs. Than there’s the hassle of childcare, which takes away much of that extra income.