On Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:43:07 -0800 (PST), James Christophers
Post by James Christophers Post by Crash
A very well-intentioned initiative, but it is not working. Scroll
down to the numbers for 2019 (which actually report the latest year
but also all years going back to 2013) and click on the link. Scroll
down to the first table and click on the TABLE tab. The core measures
are (a), (b) and (c) are all higher (worse) than in 2017.
So whatever measures Minister (and PM) Ardern have put in place are
not only not working but have reversed a downward trend between 2013
My current view is that the stats can only get worse since, with a world in chronic economic decline leading to lower plateau in activity and **real*** wealth creation, its effects can only run counter to and even negate government poverty initiatives.
But eventually, that pivotal meltdown moment arrives when the pace of societal deterioration outruns any affordable effort to lessen poverty and deprivation - rather like applying endless layers of corrosion treatment to a structure to far gone to be rescued.
Poverty also breeds fecundity and, with it, a presumed licence not only to overpopulate the low-income segment of society, but for too many members of that same segment to regard such irresponsible behaviour as a human right. As a result of pandering to this entrenched - often stridently claimed - sense of entitlement, New Zealand's shameful "single-breeder-mum-as-norm" has now become a gross and unwarranted burden on every New Zealander; since, for instance, she doesn't even share the same roof or table with her drive-by inseminator who, of course, is equally entitled to a roof for himself, shared or otherwise. Out and out madness - housing shortage, anyone???
With the best will in the world, no government of whatever stripe can outrun and reduce - let alone eliminate - such calculatedly self-indulgent behaviour when that same government simultaneously courts and sustains its perpetrators for no other reason than to gain or maintain a hold on power. In this sense, New Zealand is no less morally and ethically corrupt than any other nation.
So when it comes to New Zealand as the world's pious exemplar of moral and ethical rectitude, what price, exactly, Transparency International's Corruption **Perception** (my emphasis) Index, eh?
First as I have said in answer to another post the statistics are
complex; those used by Labour are the general measurement used prior
to the Key/English governments (when they resisted all measures). The
reality is that by moving average wages up the goal shists, and we are
still seeing increasing inequality - in part through the effects of
the big increase in immigration, but also through gains going
disproportionately to renters (all those immigrants wanting homes),
and the lack of balance in investments though legal avoidance of tax
on capital gains for most property.
The increases in minimum wages and benefits (and I note the April
increaes willbe higher due to a basis change) have been higher than
expected, but so have rents . . .