Labour was blindsided by the support other Opposition Parties – the Greens and New Zealand First – have given to national’s Budget.
That is no excuse for lying about the details Andrew Little said:
“National’s Single Child Tax will see a family with one child lose as much as $830 a year in Working For Families payments.
“Whenever you’re putting these packages together, there’s always a complexity about it. But I’d be surprised if they understood there’s 20,000 odd single-child families that will now be worse off – but that’s the reality. ”
No it’s not.
Getting something more, even if it is less than someone else is not losing.
[Finance Minister Steven] Joyce said those families still saw an overall gain, and Labour was failing to see the bigger picture.
“The abatement changes mean they don’t get as much from the Working for Families part of the package, but they gain more from other parts of the package, in particular the tax changes. They may also in some cases gain from the Accommodation Supplement Changes.
“It’s important to note that these people are already receiving Working for Families so currently get more than couples with no children who don’t get anything from Working for Families. They continue to get more until the Working For Families is fully abated,” he said.
“One of the aims of the Family Incomes package is to focus Working for Families on lower income families and that middle income families are less dependent on Working for Families and keep more of what they earn through the tax system. This is an example of that occurring.” . .
It is better and more efficient to allow people to keep more of what they earn than take more in tax, churn it through a bureaucracy and give some back.
Over at Kiwiblog, David Farrar points out that Labour is also lying about health expenditure:
. . . Now let’s look at what at what Vote Health has done between 2008 and Budget 2017.
- Nominal Vote Health – increased by $4.85 billion a year from $11.92 billion to $16.77 billion – a 40.7% increase
- Real Vote Health – increased by $3.00 billion a year from $13.77 billion to $16.77 billion – a 21.8% increase
- Real Vote Health per capita – increased by $341 a year from $3,233 to $3,574 – a 10.5% increase
You can claim it is not enough. You can claim more is needed. You can claim growing elderly population needs more funding. But you cannot claim it has been cut. That is a lie. . .
When you’re lying, you’re losing and Labour is.
If it can’t convince other Opposition parties to stay with it against the government, how will it convince voters to let it run the country?