Why child poverty? Why not just poverty in general? Is it because the adults responsible for these children are not in poverty? If so, then the only reason the children are in poverty is because of poor spending choices by the adults. We all know that many lower income earners fail to consider the financial implications of a large family. We also know that many of them choose to spend their money on drink, drugs, gambling etc, rather than their children. That's how it works in a benefit driven society - take away responsibility, and you end up with welfare dependency. It doesn’t matter if you binge away the weekly housekeeping money, because someone else will pick up the tab.
The left claim there are hundreds of thousands of children in NZ who live in child poverty. Really? Hundreds of thousands? Well, for starters, that's not actually poverty, it's relative poverty. What that means in plain English is compared to the wealthy upper quartile, they are poorer. Not actually poor, just poorer. Which, unless you artificially suppress everyone to the same level (watch the brain drain), is how it always will be. So eliminating this so called 'poverty' can only be achieved by one method - bringing the wealthy upper quartile down a level.
Ah, now we are getting near the truth. Let's take from the rich and give to the poor. Some might call it Robin Hood, I call it robbing us blind. All done in the name of a fairer society. Really? What's fair about someone using their skill and endeavor to achieve success, then penalising them to take away their hard earned rewards and give it to a bunch of lazy bludgers who can't be bothered to get off their arses and maximise their potential? That's a pretty warped view of fairness.
I expect Norman and his gang of commies always demanded a share of the opposition goals when they lost at soccer as kids. Imagine Australia (Russel's home country) losing to the All Blacks but saying "hey, we want three of your tries to count for us instead, even though you scored them" That, in short, is the Green's understanding of fairness.
What that means for you and me is this: the harder we work, the more we earn, the more we will have to pay in taxes. Actually, it gets worse; because the percentage of our taxes which reach the so called poor is a tiny fragment of what we pay. The bulk gets swallowed up by the sprawling, inefficient swamps that are central and local government. The public sector would mushroom under a leftist government, meaning that in order to significantly impact on the wealth redistribution numbers, the additional tax take would have to be huge. No wonder Labour and the Greens are trying to distract voters by bleating emotively about child poverty.
But let’s, for a moment, enter their fantasy wonderland, and pretend that over-taxing everyone but the lowest earners does generate enough funds to raise the “income levels” of the poorest 25%. What then?
1. You disincentivise entrepreneurial risk taking; why would anyone set up a new business in a heavily taxed regime – it’s not like we have any special labour skills that can’t be found cheaper elsewhere.
2. You disincentivize harder work – why bother working harder if it just means you give more away.
3. You create a wholly unsustainable situation – the easier you make it for people to have a good standard of living without having to work, the more who will want to be part of that system.
Just look at the sense of entitlement that already exists on the left; it is making this country an embarrassment. Your beneficiary list grows bigger every day. As do their demands for more. So the left will tell you they will create jobs. Interesting! If the demand for those jobs existed, then market forces would mean the vacancies already existed. So these jobs will be artificial, which means, guess what, someone has to pay for them, and yes, it doesn’t take a genius to work out who that will be. You. And me.
Yes, there are poor families in New Zealand. And yes, some of them have children. But not tens of thousands, and certainly not hundreds of thousands. That is a LIE, told by unscrupulous, power hungry liars who are trying to tug at your heart strings so they can vent their hatred of success on the ordinary hard working people of this country. And it will be a very, very sad day for NZ if we give them the chance.
By Jerry Flay