From vicious circle to virtuous cycle

No-one who can work should be better off on welfare than work.

Rodney Hide shows how to achieve that:

. . . We can’t legislate high wages or jobs. If we could, we would be rich already.

The only answer is more productivity. The key here is more investment and more people in work. The key to more investment is lower tax. The key to lower tax is less welfare spending. The key to more people in work is less welfare. Oh hang on, did I just propose the solution?

The politics and propaganda of welfarism is a vicious circle. The solution is a virtuous circle for everyone bar politicians and government pushers. That’s the shame of it, because they are the ones who run and profit from it all.

He is right about the need for more productivity.

He is wrong that all politicians want continued dependency.

National definitely doesn’t and that’s why there’s such a concerted effort to help people who could work into jobs.

It’s better for them, it’s better for the economy, it’s better for society.

5 Responses to From vicious circle to virtuous cycle

  1. Judge Holden says:

    Yeah, the reasons for NZ’s low productivity growth are a bit more nuanced and complex that Hide is letting on, but then he’s pushing a political and ideological barrow which makes it necessary for him to be dishonest.

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  2. pdm says:

    `He is wrong that all politicians want continued dependency.

    National definitely doesn’t and that’s why there’s such a concerted effort to help people who could work into jobs.’

    HP – unfortunately the continuation of National down the `Labour Lite’ track suggests otherwise – eg why is WFF unchanged since 2008.?

    My party vote is up for grabs in 2014 – National has never had it under MMP so they need to show some positive changes in their manifesto to get

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  3. pdm says:

    oops – …………..to get it in the next election.

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  4. TraceyS says:

    The completely rational response would be to get rid of it, pdm. But humans, on either side of such decisions, aren’t automatons. If we were, it would all be very, very easy.

    It is not true that “WFF is unchanged since 2008”. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/budget-2011/5026637/Working-for-Families-changes-hit-thousands.

    What further changes would you like to see?

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  5. homepaddock says:

    PDM – I loathe WFF too. People should be better off in work than on a benefit without the need for taxpayer assistance.

    I can see how it might be necessary for very low skilled, low paid jobs but, as at least one National MP said when it was introduced, it’s communism by stealth for people on middle or upper incomes.

    However, that’s one of the dead rats National had to swallow to get in to government and as Tracey points out, it has made cuts. It has, and continues, to put much more effort into getting people who can work off benefits and into jobs.

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