Council’s attempt to rip off as many as possible by inflating house values to get higher rates so it can fill its coffers has nothing to do with the age of the occupant and everything to do with Council’s valuing team only visiting one in 85000 houses in making their assessments .
This pigeon-holing of people based on age did the journalist no credit. I’m sure he meant no offence by it, but it is so much an ingrained part of his and New Zealand’s culture to regard anyone as old as 65 as a drain on society and only fit for the scrap heap that he couldn’t help himself. It wasn’t relevant so why mention it.
And that is sad. Even sadder is the inter-generational ill will being promoted by the Greens, Labour, and the predominantly left wing mainstream media.
Stuff decided to stir the inter-generational hatred pot yesterday under this headline “Pensioners profit while the young fall behind”. Don’t you just love the emotive word ‘profit’. The Greens immediately placed the link of their Facebook page to show their outrage.
Pensions have risen by $67 a week in the last five years – while the incomes of parents of children born into low income and beneficiary households have fallen further and further behind.
Labour Party finance spokesman Grant Robertson said…. They (National) took a policy decision to deliberately exclude those on main benefits from having their incomes protected, so to me that is definitely to the detriment of other age groups.”
This is deliberate. Benefits are tied to inflation so they remain static in real terms. NZ Super has a floor tied to the average wage, to maintain relativity to working income.
The reason is because retiring from employment and going onto NZ Super is meant to be permanent. While going on a benefit should generally be temporary. You don’t want people remaining on welfare for an extended period of time. Making benefits more generous reduces the gap between work and welfare.
As I wrote then:
Not unsurprisingly, Roche used the occasion to spout her Green Party political message and to launch into a political tirade, against, among others, the over 65s. As if ‘elder abuse’ weren’t already a serious concern in New Zealand, Roche revealed her prejudice by stating that too much of our taxes are put into the over 65 year olds, yet children are going to school hungry, and living in poverty - as if the two things were connected.
The Waiheke Local Board shows its Green Party colours in slavishly following Roche’s example. There is nothing in their draft Local Board Plan to cater for the needs of older residents and our ageing population. Instead the Board is piling millions of dollars of their discretionary spending money into the local schools (only 8% of the Waiheke population is of school age) despite this not being core Council business but the province of the Ministry of Education.
The message to the baby boomers and beyond is - you don’t count, you’re unimportant and to prove it, we’re taking your rates to spend on our kids.
At what point do we decide someone goes from being a capable, independent person to an old person? Is it when they walk slower than they used to, ask the same question twice? When is it?
There’s clearly a turning point when their value goes from being an equal to being less than us in some way. We talk about equality – but we often don’t apply that to senior citizens.
The effects of ageism are far reaching. In the US nearly three times more people aged 65 and older commit suicide than young people.
But with every problem, is an opportunity. This grey tsunami could be the best ride ever – providing the world with the opportunity to drastically improve our entire life experience. Instead of seeing aging as a deterioriation in the quality of the life we once knew, it could be a vast improvement – in fact the best time of our lives!
Foxy Logic @Fox_Logical 11h11 hours ago
@Joholmesblog @JordNZ The council is ruining it for wealthy retirees who hate progress and change!
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