Tough love needed for tough cases

If parents don’t equip their children to do their children to do their best and prepare them for independence, even if it needs a bit of tough love at times, they fail them.

Yet when a political party suggests measures to encourage people off benefits so they can be independent they’re accused of beneficiary bashing.

A relatively few people have physical, mental or intellectual disabilities which prevent them from ever being independent and few begrudge them state support.

Most other people who require benefits do so only temporarily due to circumstances beyond their control. Once they get over the problem they are able to support themselves again.

Some of the rest need help to become job ready. That isn’t usually either cheap or easy but it’s better in the long run for them and society as a whole than letting them languish on benefits.

With a few the problem isn’t that they can’t work, it’s that they won’t. They’re the tough cases and they need tough love.

If the state doesn’t all it can to help those who need it to be independent, which might require both carrot and stick,  it is failing not only them but the taxpayers who have to support them.

5 Responses to Tough love needed for tough cases

  1. robertguyton says:

    ‘Yet when a political party suggests measures to encourage people off benefits so they can be independent they’re accused of beneficiary bashing.’

    Poor wee badly misunderstood Party!
    Why oh why can’t everyone see that it’s for our own good?
    Why?

  2. homepaddock says:

    You don’t think it’s good to help people who could stand on their own feet to do so Robert?

  3. Neil says:

    One of the blights we have in NZ is the development of 2nd and 3rd generation welfare dependency,
    Robert, as a guru of the green left, seems to see dependency as another occupation.
    God help our country if that mentality became widespread.
    I admire Robert’s efforts at self sufficiency, but why can’t Robert see that everyone should try to pull their weight in NZ, not slack around for generations.
    Look at Europe with all the socialist handouts coming home to roost im Ireland,Greece,Spaion and Portugal
    By the way Robert,my last name is not Henderson.

  4. Ele – I do think it’s ‘good to help people who could stand on their own feet to do so’, I just don’t believe that the National Government has the breadth of view and understanding to cause that to happen successfully. In their clumsy efforts they’ll cause more harm than good.

    Neil – How you come to believe that I see dependency as another occupation defies (my) understanding.
    Naturaly, I believe along with you that ‘slacking around for generations’ is not something that is generally beneficial to society. However, the brash solutions that this Government is working towards have their own nasty side.
    Not a Henderson eh! That’s what they all say (those Hendersons).

  5. adam2314 says:

    Give them the three R’s and PLENTY of exercise..
    Every day until they do find a job ??

    Might work and certainly would do no harm.

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