Liberty Scott picks apart the power-group’s report on poverty, a Trojan Horse issue to get more nanny into your children:
If ever there was a reason to close down the Office of the Children's Commissioner, it should be this report on child poverty (pdf). It is the classic socialist/statist treatise on taking more money from some people to spend money on others. Philosophically it takes the view that the people primarily responsible for children are not those who created them or have taken responsibility (typically by default) to care for them, but the state. It's hardly surprising given that the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty consists almost entirely of those who embrace a philosophical position of statism.
Let's take some of its key points…
Read on to see the report and its premises dismantled, point by point.
Libz’ Peter Osborne reckons the report just proves the worthlessness of the Children’s Commissioner and his department, “which has siphoned away millions of taxpayer dollars and come no closer to understanding the nature of poverty.”
Instead, their ideas maintain and increase poverty levels via government interference. We must surely realise by now that government can never stop poverty and in fact is the greatest single cause of it today.
Regardless of how it is dressed up we should understand that government regulation is a systematic method of removing opportunity and replacing it with restriction. It is a price we pay for the illusion of safety and security. When we couple this with the sheer drain of financial resources that our government extracts from each of us, we can begin to see the suffocation of life that most of us feel but cannot articulate.
Our lives are being engineered for us from the day we enter a government factory school until the day we die. It is hardly any wonder we continue to vote the way we do. And still we want our government to tackle the child poverty issue. But remember: by doing so, we are giving government what it wants; an opportunity to reach further into our pockets and into our lives.
Contrary to the Children’s Commissioner’s world view, there is a silver bullet for child poverty but it would prove fatal to his job and his ministry:
- Replace the culture of need with one of greed—greed for success, achievement, prosperity.
- Reduce government to 3 core areas (police, defence, justice) allowing the removal of GST, and remove all other excuses to interfere in the lives of New Zealanders and further impoverish them with high taxes.
- Understand that the world of finance is not a system but a free-wheeling vehicle of trade and free interaction that can make us all prosperous it it’s allowed to work. To attempt to control its flow and value is to quietly and slowly poison your own citizenry.
The fact that this is not widely understood is testament to our factory schools.
In fact, poverty itself is not understood. As seventy years of giving people money has now demonstrated, the solution to poverty is not giving people more money. Seventy years of just giving people more money has not made things better, it's made them worse.
In the last ten years alone around $200 billion has been taken from taxpayers and spent in a “war on poverty”—that's one-hundred and fifty billion dollars on a war that no one is winning; not the government, not the taxpayer, and as even “poverty advocates” concede, not the 200-300,000 or so who've been the targets of this war.
That's $150,000,000,000 -- enough to have given every beneficiary in the country a massive $500,000 each to start their own war on poverty, and it still hasn't worked. And it won't. It never will. To paraphrase PJ O'Rourke,
the spending of this truly vast amount of money -- an amount nearly twice the nation's entire gross national product in 1995 -- has left everybody just sitting around slack-jawed and dumbstruck, staring into the maw of that most extraordinary paradox: You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.
We're all worse off except the politicians, for whom this massive sum amounts to very cheap and very efficient vote-buying.
When do we realise that government welfare doesn't work -- not for anyone -- and least of all for those who it is supposed to help.
Let's try something else.
Let's try to stop stealing.
Let's give people back their future and the money stolen from them, and let them get on with fighting their own goddamn war on poverty.
If these reports tell us anything at all, they tell us it's becoming urgent. Accordingly, here's a simple suggestion to help the poor: stop stealing from them.
- You could remove GST in its entirety and still leave the government's accounts in the black, and at a stroke you will leave money in the pockets of the poor to pay for food and housing and heath care.
But it won't happen.
It won't happen because the poor are such good lobby fodder for a certain kind of politician: Those who put politics before people.
- You could relax restrictions on land use so that people can build wherever and whatever they wish on their own land, at a stroke promoting choice and reducing housing and rental costs, allowing the poor a crucial foot up on the housing ladder.
But it won't happen.
It won't happen because environmentalists put the environment before people -- and politicians let them.
None of it will happen, because we have a culture of entitle-itis in which putting your hand in someone else’s pocket is considered moral. And because you keep voting for more of it.