Item 1: One in five babies welfare dependent by year-end
Data released under the Official Information Act shows that 21.2 percent of babies born in 2012 were dependent on a caregiver receiving a welfare benefit by the end of the same year.As ever, when it comes to this subject, Lindsay Mitchell is doing NZ social scientists' jobs for them. They should all be having a whip-round for her, but the chances of that happening is about as likely as a rich prick paying the proper tax on his income.
Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell said that, "Over one in five babies reliant on welfare by year-end is a sobering and sad statistic. But it's worse for Maori at over 1 in 3 or 35.9 percent."
Item 2: Dole queues are long but bosses can't get workers
Dave Connell, vice-president of the New Zealand Contractors Federation and managing director of Connell Construction, who is juggling operations in the Waikato and for the Christchurch rebuild, said 100 people responded to a Trade Me job advertisement for a junior construction role, but not one was suitable to hire.
"We are letting seven people go for every one we keep," he said.
A commenter at The Standard quite fairly describes this item as "a propaganda piece based on negative and unsubstantiated employer anecdotes attacking the unemployed," but there aren't any media reports on this subject that aren't propaganda for one group or another.
What's the relationship between these items? Well, duh - the one fucking leads to the other, doesn't it? If we've got a significant percentage of children who are either meal tickets or considered to be just some shit that happens if you're promiscuous and don't bother with contraception, we're eventually going to have a significant proportion of job applicants whose approach to employers is as described in item 2:
"I had one guy ring me up and say ‘A mate told me about this job, I've been told it is piss easy'.
"After I described it to him he said ‘Oh yeah, I'd be able to piss all over that'."
Jacinda Adern, unsurprisingly, has only platitudes to offer:
"It is important to provide skills and training for the jobs that exist."
But as one of the employer reps interviewed for item 2 points out, many of these wasters "...allegedly have skills. They just don't have civic skills; they don't know how to be citizens."
Which is exactly the point. As long as we've got a fifth of babies being born into environments that are high risk for producing wasters, we're going to have a lot of wasters. There's nothing particularly complicated or difficult to understand about it. Of course, understanding the problem is one thing, fixing it's quite another - so, although it's easy to sneer at Paula Bennett announcing ineffectual social welfare "reforms," the vexed question of how to get wasters to put a bag on it when fucking each other isn't one anyone has a useful answer to so far.