Parvenu – a person of obscure origin who has gained wealth, influence, or celebrity; one that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it.
Dan Mitchell asks which country has the worst dependency ratio and shows how many strangers each worker supports:
And the percentage of people reliant on public funding:
New Zealand compares well on these measures but it’s not something about which we can be complacent.
If it wasn’t for the policies of the 80s and 90s, which too many still regard as failures, we’d be at the other end of the graph with Greece.
Mitchell also has a couple of pictures which illustrate the rise and fall of the welfare state.
. . . The welfare state starts with small programs targeted at a handful of genuinely needy people. But as politicians figure out the electoral benefits of expanding programs and people figure out the that they can let others work on their behalf, the ratio of producers to consumers begins to worsen. . .
The challenge is how to help the genuinely in need without encouraging entitilitis.
It is very difficult to draw a line which provides enough for everyone in genuine need without gathering in those who could, and should, be looking after themselves.
Add children into the equation and it becomes harder still.
It takes a multi-pronged approach to ensure children get what they need while not letting parents abrogate their responsibilities.
It must also be done in a way that doesn’t get the balance between consumers and producers get out of kilter by allowing the burden of dependence to become too great for those who fund the support.
That’s why the Government’s data-driven approach to social support, addressing the causes and funding what works is far better than Opposition policies which measure success by how much is spent, not by whether it would make a positive difference.
Hat tip: Utopia
The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not ‘to have and to hold’ but “to give and serve.” – Wilfred Grenfell who was born on this day in 1865.
870 The Fourth Council of Constantinople closed.
1261 Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway, was born (d. 1283).
1638 The Scottish National Covenant was signed in Edinburgh.
1787 The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh was granted.
1824 Blondin, French tightrope walker, was born (d. 1897).
1827 The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
1844 A gun on USS Princeton exploded while the boat was on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.
1849 Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States began with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 21 days after leaving New York Harbour.
1865 Wilfred Grenfell, medical missionary, was born (d. 1940).
1883 The first vaudeville theatre opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
1900 The Second Boer War: The 118-day “Siege of Ladysmith” was lifted.
1912 Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini, was born (d. 1945).
1922 The United Kingdom accepted the independence of Egypt.
1925 Harry H Corbett, English actor, was born (d. 1982).
1939 The first issue of Serbian weekly magazine Politikin zabavnik was published.
1939 – The erroneous word “Dord” was discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
1942 Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones), was born (d. 1969).
1943 Charles Bernstein, American composer, was born.
1945 New Zealand soldier David Russell was executed by a Nazi firing squad in Italy.
1946 Robin Cook, British politician, was born.
1947 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
1953 Paul Krugman, American economist, Nobel laureate, was born.
1957 Cindy Wilson, American singer (The B-52′s), was born.
1958 A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunged down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children died in what remains the worst school bus accidentin U.S. history.
1970 Daniel Handler, American writer, better known as Lemony Snicket, was born.
1972 The Asama-Sanso incident ended in Japan.
1972 The United States and People’s Republic of China signed theShanghai Communiqué.
1974 Moana Mackey, New Zealand politician, was born.
1975 A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London killed 43 people.
1985 The Provisional Irish Republican Army carried out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
1986 Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden was assassinated in Stockholm.
1991 The first Gulf War ended.
1993 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raided the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group’s leaderDavid Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
1997 – The North Hollywood shootout took place.
2001 – Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia