Friday, October 31, 2008

Shiffty Gazzumped By Smiling Assassin

John Key has just announced National's emergency redundancy relief package and it's a good one. The final nail in Clark's coffin.

Ten times better than Labour's cobbled together bundle of rags and tags.

National will means test families. Labour will throw money at everybody.

National will not exclude those who have been working for four and a half years. Labour will leave them in the lurch.

National will not exclude single income families. Labour will let them be sold up.

National recognizes the purpose of the scheme is to meet a rare emergency. Labour will change the scheme into a permanent taxpayer funded long term redundancy insurance scheme. More wasteful and unnecessary welfare spending.

Best of all, National has costed it's scheme and it's $8 million less costly than Labour's scheme.

"-Under Labour's scheme they would get $425-a-week through a combination of benefits and supplements.

-Under National's package, low to middle income workers would be $116-a-week better off, receiving $541 a week."

More practical, more common sense, more equitable and less costly

I'll take it.

Party Vote NACTional.


Spam said...

I did read it that the nats are bascially only providing it for people on welfare already - ie. it was a top-up to the accomodation and WFF. If you don't get those, do you get this package?

(not that I care - I would prefer to reamin self-sufficient, and don't want / need a bail out)

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

If you were eligible for WWF but were not "on it" and you had a bloody big mortgage, wouldn't you be a bit of a mug? Mugs are people who vote Labour.

Anonymous said...

Agree spam - it seems to be for people who already qualify for welfare - WFF and AS.

What about us poor buggers who actually pay the friggin taxes.

Once again high income (eg 60K+) single childfree taxPAYERS are discriminated against.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anon, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the deal is aimed at cases of potential extreme hardship? Maybe, just maybe, somebody thinks that if you're single and on $80k then perhaps you can get along alright without an emergency handout?

When you have experienced loosing your job of nine years with two minutes notice while bringing up two primary school aged children and managing a mortgage during a recession, you might start to understand.

Spam said...

No Adolf, I don't qualify for welfare. I just pay for it.

I paid off my own student loan, and now I pay the interest on other peoples' loans.

I didn't get any student allowance at Uni, but if Labour get in, then I'll have to pay for other people to get that.

I get no assistance from the government to raise my step-daughter, but I have to pay for the government to raise everyone elses' through WFF.

I pay for my own mortgage, and under Kiwisaver I have to help pay the mortgage for others.

My work-related super-fund pays-out on redundancy, and will cover the mortgage for better part of a year. That's how I'm planning for my security.

Psycho Milt said...

How edifying to see National and Labour scrapping over who can come up with better additional welfare expenditure as we head into economic crisis. I had thought right-wingers would be keen on seeing candidates for this job coming up with ways to spend less money, given our situation?

Anonymous said...

Adolf, don’t you dare tell me I don’t understand. I know full well what it is like to be in extreme financial hardship which is why I get so pissed off with my hard earned money being taxed to oblivion.

I was unemployed for 6 months about 4 years ago and did not want to go to WINZ at all. I managed to subsist on savings, then an overdraft from the bank, credit cards and some temping work. Being a high income earner according to WINZ (45K at the time), doing temp work at low hourly rates was not covering my expenses and I was facing extreme hardship by the time I approached Work and Income.

At this time I had my mortgage payments and automatic payments reversed which resulted in around $300 worth of bank fees. After a while the bank would not extend me any more credit so my bank accounts were referred to credit monitoring and my bank accounts were frozen.

I then had the power cut off. I went to WINZ as I had no way of paying it as I had no access to any funds.

On seeing WINZ to get my power bill paid, I was told I was still on a stand-down which was incorrect. I finally got on a benefit but it only paid about $200 a week for a single person. I then get notice that I have to go to WorkTrack which is where you go to learn to spell your name.

I dreaded going to the letterbox as all that was there were demands from banks for my visa card payments, phone bills I could not cover. I got behind in the Rates and the Water and the Power. I could not afford to license my car.

I did not ask to nor did I deserve to lose my job. It was just an unfortunate experience that I hope never to repeat. I left it as long as possible to go to WINZ as I thought that with my background, education and work ethic I would secure a job in no time. This did not happen and it was only once I had no where else to turn that I approached WINZ.

I never want to go through that experience again and with both of these packages I will be treated no better.

Anonymous said...

Look at this example from the news item:

Louise is a sole parent with one child who earns $35,000 a year. She lives in Christchurch and pays rent of $275 a week. She has little in the way of cash assets.

Louise has a disposable income of $712 a week, made up of:
Earnings after tax and ACC $545
Working for Families $146
Accommodation Supplement $21

Louise pays absolutely no tax, in fact she gets an extra $2000 from the rest of us.

Yet, someone on about 65K gets around $800 per week disposable income but pays $17K in taxes.

Please explain how this can be!

The moral of the story is have a child and don't bother with an education.

clever blonde said...

This post on MandM explains the last post quite well:

Quote from the post:
Family 1, earning $40,000:
Total after tax weekly income (including welfare payments) of $1018.27
This family will pay $7770 in PAYE and receive $19,916 in state welfare. No, that is not a typo. Nineteen thousand, nine hundred and sixteen dollars of untaxed welfare payments.

Family 2, earning $70,000:
Total after tax income of $1208.27
This family will pay $18,090 in PAYE and receive $10,920 in state welfare

All the people without children or with Adult children are supporting this rort called WFF.