Wednesday, 26 December 2012
When it says " It can be removed by the actions of human beings" it also to me means the actions of the human beings who are having a hard time surely?
I have never had a problem with the welfare state supporting those of us who have hit hard times for whatever reason, whether that be redundancy, genuine unemployment, loss of a family member, ill health or the many other reasons that can cause hardship.
I do however have a real problem with those who have taken a choice or acted irresponsibly in the first place and the right to benefits have become in their heads an entitlement for life.
One only has to walk down a street in any town or city to see some young mums and dads pushing prams who have in many cases never worked more than a few days in their lives and their they are bringing up children on the state without ever having put a penny in the systems themselves and never given a second thought to using birth control yet there we are paying housing benefit, income support and God knows how many other benefits whilst the rest of us have to work.
What about the man who has had a bad back for more years than we can all remember yet can walk from one end of town to the other for a pint and some daily shopping, but has been on incapacity support that I'm sure in some cases is the trigger benefit to a host of other benefits such as free housing and council tax and in some cases even a car on mobility benefits for more years than many can remember?
Today many good men and women are working for in many cases not a lot more than many of the people either shopping drinking or eating out are getting in benefits.
Why should they be expected to fund the lifestyle choice of many?
Its not use the Tories blaming the Labour Government for all this either,it was going on the the early 90's that I can remember when we had had a Conservative government for years.
I think it is quite right that we empower people to get out and get jobs for themselves and give those that do get jobs some help with their living costs such as child care and even housing if need be.
Genuine sick and disabled deserve help, yet I have seen many elderly husbands pushing their wife's in wheelchairs and being out of breath as they do so whilst some have mobility scooters and they only thing that seems wrong with them is that they are lazy and obese, those in genuine need miss out for whatever reason, sometimes only because they are too proud to ask.
Iain Duncan-Smith by and large is doing a good job and needs support, think about the fact the veteran Labour MP Frank Field agrees with most of the current changes, does that not tell us all something?
I really don't believe that top of the range phones, prams, computer games and family holidays should be paid for out of benefit payments, those sorts of things like meals out, drinks and designers trainers should be the items we all attain to through hard work and a wage packet at the end of the week.
The other huge problem is tax fiddlers,whether it be the local plumber,builder window cleaner, or cafe/ shop owner to the giant companies such as Google or Amazon the laws need to be in place and policed to make sure that we all pay our fair share of tax that is legally due, tax should not be optional is is part of a fair and democratic society.
2013 should be a year of readjustment for this country where nobody should be in genuine need and the scroungers should be made to get off their arses and get out and about.