Kiwi Polemicist

November 19, 2008

Plans to get solo parents to work will backfire

The government has plans to get solo parents to work part time when their children reach school age.

The Domestic Purposes Benefit gives welfare payments to solo parents, and encourages women to get pregnant because babies mean money. To put it another way, the Socialist/Marxist welfare system has turned children into meal tickets/commodities. This has also led to social breakdown because the system favours solo parents and thus many children are raised without fathers.

National’s solution is to get solo parents to work part time when their children reach school age (will they allow solo parents to home school? I have emailed Paula Bennett about this).

However, this plan will backfire. Imagine the scenario: a solo mother with three children by three different fathers finds that her youngest has reached the age of four and realises that the government will expect her to find a job next year. She doesn’t like the idea of working – indeed, she may have never worked – so she looks for a solution to her problem. The solution is obvious: get pregnant, which means more money and no work requirement.

This short sighted policy will result in more children being raised without fathers, more anti-social and criminal behaviour from children who have been raised without fathers, more destruction of our social structure, and higher costs to taxpayers in both welfare and justice.

Obviously common sense is not a job requirement for those who write governmental policies.

What do you think the policy of requiring beneficiaries to find work once their children reach school age?

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3 Comments »

  1. […] recipients. Why is this? Our welfare system – the DPB/Domestic Purposes Benefit in particular – pays people to have children. Economists have a saying: don’t subsidise something unless you want more of it. There are […]

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  2. […] Benefit to work part time when their youngest child turned six. In earlier posts I said that this idea would backfire and it placed homeschooling beneficiaries in grave danger of having to send their children to the […]

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