Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Following a long overdue policy to end a welfare subsidy for those who see it as part of their entitlement, access to a benefit as they give the fingers to the Law, Minister Bennett has announced some stick policies for those in society who might be tempted to accept their spawn are just an adjunct to an increased cash entitlement, while they ignore any responsibility for that poor innocent's wellbeing.
I see welfare as a safety net for people who are temporally disadvantaged by events and acceptance implies a contract to fulfill the needs of the involved vulnerable.
A serious detrimental side effect of welfare is the double edged blade of diminishing personal responsibility of the recipient and the redirection of resources intended to improve the lot of the young to the advantage of the beneficiary.
To threaten the cash flow of a beneficiary who declines for whatever reason to allot assistance for what are today seen as basic requirements for health, education and wellbeing of children, may be the only effective way to get the attention of those who see welfare as a way of life for them at the expense of their children.
If there is a better way let me know, so far it does not occur to me.