This week's poll asks:
Do you believe the government has been tough enough on welfare reform?
*Your comments are correct re the welfarism we have become used to in NZ. Many understand what welfare creates in humans, it is a soul destroying system.
Can we change the welfare culture?
probably not without some form of rioting aka lawlessness, it will not take alot to insite violence in NZ if any welfare cuts are severe. Sad but very possible in my view.
The next question is why has the welfare state grown the way it has in NZ?
Many NZs have opted for handouts promised and delivered by socialist politicians, all sides have been guilty of this disaster over time, people have been and still are being used as voting fodder, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Todays society has by and large abandoned in the education system , and in our homes etc the teaching of right and wrong,and discipline is apparently not required. Absolute truth has been exchanged for relativism and collective dialetic teaching.
When one studies this thinking process, and its history, it then becomes clear as to where many of our societies problems originate from.
Sadly man never learns from history, and the mass socailization that has and is taking place thru out the west in particular, will lead to mayhem in the streets.
Sadly many have abandoned the God of the Bible.
I implore any reader who does not see the connect beteween God's word and the shambles we are facing today to seriously check out the Holy Scriptures.
I am by no means brainwashed and I am not a whacko.
I am along with many Kiwis, am a passionate defender of property rights, and helping my fellow man and woman to educate themselves in better understanding what we will face in the next 2-4 years. Ross
*Welfare reform will do NOTHING axcept make the poor poorer (where are the Jobs?)if anything welfare support has to be increased in this day of sold assets, society has been sold out!, traded off to some offshore investors who couldnt care less about kiwis! Rick
*There is inadequate support, when a family is in crisis..and the lack of the extended family for support,for those who have moved from one relationship to another..the children have a problem knowing ..their history. Jane
*The welfare system needs to be not just reformed, but completely re-written from the starting point of a clean sheet of paper. Tinkering is not nearly enough. We owe it to the present and also future generations of New Zealanders to ensure that welfare is reasonable, affordable and sustainable into the future. It requires a multi-party approach and we all need to recognise that there should not be any sacred cows which could escapre critical appraisal. Peter
*National is lame on everything, as usual. Gert
*Ours is a good, decent, loving, capable family, yet the NZ government decided to pay our 16 year old daughter the Independent Youth Benefit so that she could leave home and live independently of good family influence. Despite the pleas of our family, a Ministry of Education psychologist decided that as she had met with our daughter for one hour, she knew more about our daughter’s needs than our family did. They paid our daughter the IYB and prevented us from even paying her school fees. When we met with the psychologist again three months later, we presented her with graphs showing that our daughter had been truant from school for much of the 3-month period that she was paid the State IYB (and never truant when she had previously lived at home), and our daughter’s academic school performance had deteriorated markedly over the 3-month period. Our daughter had also refused to attend the family counselling which was a pre-requisite for receiving the State money. The psychologist admitted that she had lied to us in order to withhold her report. The psychologist was furious that we had presented evidence proving that the IYB was not in our child’s best interest. We were never invited to another meeting with the Ministry of Education again. While on the IYB and still at school, our daughter was to engage in such inappropriate sexual relationships that she was later able to sell her story to a national magazine. It is now 6 years later, and our daughter is still on State benefits, even though her family are financially able and willing to meet her financial requirements. A growing number of people around the world are finding out about NZ experiences such as ours and are reacting with horror and anger to the NZ government’s inappropriate interventions in ripping good families apart. We believe that the day will come when NZ authorities will be exposed and held to account. Dave
*But its a start! Andy
*There should be a time limit for a general benifit and after that you are on your own or extended family. Jorg
*Stop the DPB. Make abortions compulsory for un-married women. Make de-facto relationships unlawful, thereby taking away the equal status and benfits in law that they currently share with legally married couples. Jean
*Unmarried mothers should not get a benefit after the first (accidental) child. The father is responsible. David
*Watching the riots on TV just tells us what a pack of losers the western world has allowed into our society. I can well remember as a kid Enoch Powell being branded as person akin to Hitler or Stalin. Just how do take seruiously a leader that gives the two fingered salute to 1.4 million of us regarding child discipline, or a leader that dreams up a boot camp and then publicly proclaims it wont be having a seargent major yelling at the "recruits", what a bloody loser smiley is, problem is people will turn to those pack of clowns to the left. Sam
*But at least it is a start, the problem is not just welfare though, several years ago my young son walked in the door from a day at primary school proudly proclaiming I was not the boss of him (as advised by his Teacher) we have since seen the result of boundary removal for immature young, they become immature adults, and then there is all the other great work done by the previous Labour/Green mob that has compounded the problem, 3 terms in government through one of the most productive periods the world has seen and all we got was more welfare and bureaucracy. John
*Nationals new policy is a step in the right direction.. Howard
*National has just inkered with welfare when full blown reform is what is needed. Hugh
*For John Keys information children come from parents, they are the first call, and what's wrong with no cars or petrel bill. Before any welfare is given to mothers they should attend Parenting Classeswhich need to be set up by govt. They should learn how to feed children properly not just spend any benefit they get on takeaways and have nothing left for the rest of the fortnight. They need to learn how to disipline their children properly and play and read to them also. Elsie
*Benefits are too easily abused & some beneficiaries are truely milking the system. Rick
*What reform? All we've seen is a little rearranging of the deckchairs as the Titanic sinks further into the ice-cold waters of anarchy & chaos. Regrettably, we are now at a place - and have been for some time - where what is needed at the top is a tough dictator, not a wet-bus-ticket socialist. All we have available to us at this time is 120 bus conductors... :-/ Peter
*I believe welfare reform is only part of it. I strongly believe the retirement age is to high and that by lowering it you are creating more jobs for the young. After the riots of England one wonders if our Government will have another look at the anti smacking laws. If not I can see the same thing happening here before much longer. Gerry