Monday, August 9, 2010

Andrei Round and round we go

Haven't we heard it all before - New Zealand's welfare system as outdated, unsustainable and not achieving what people should expect.

All 100% true.

And of course the Greens on cue criticize
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said today the WWG report missed the point and was a wasted opportunity.

"If you want people to work there has to be work out there and it has to be well enough paid that people can live on it without needing government support. That is not the case in this country," she told NZPA.

And this is true too.

Of course the Greens are amongst the first to impede any real initiative which could go toward addressing the issues they raise.

Like mining, for example,

You would be tempted to think from the proliferation of degrees in this country that there were unlimited opportunities for those conversant with queer studies, sociology and so forth.

Sadly those disciplines only prepare you for a job paid for by the taxpayer, as far as I know, supported from exactly the same sources as beneficiaries.

What we need is a task force on how to produce real wealth from the real resources we have in our fair land.

But at soon as anybody proposes something that can generate real wealth you can bet your bottom dollar the greens and there fellow travelers will be at the forefront of those placing obstacles in its implementation.

And you can also bet that National will go along with the obstruction.

5 comment(s):

scrubone said...

Heh, I remember that back in the 90's I was listening to some activist group talking about the changes that National was proposing - that research be funded by sponsorship.

Which areas wouldn't be able to attract funding? Well, Women's studies for one.

Brendon said...

Sadly those disciplines only prepare you for a job paid for by the taxpayer, as far as I know, supported from exactly the same sources as beneficiaries.


Complete myth. Sociological studies are a basis for political activites. Show me a corporate that doesn't operate to a political system. Same goes for the comment on women's studies. If an organisation can afford to hire (and this already happens) personnel to advocate and travel the world looking for ways to implement office waste paper recycling programs, then they could also afford to hire a candidate for advocating the advancement of women in similar organisation. Probably in HR, RnD, marketing or Public Relations. The world doesn't care you personally don't like lesbians or socialists or anyone else. It makes use as it sees fit.

And to address the comment on mining: it is not a low intensity, low skill operation. The methods we use in NZ aren't like those in Boliva. Neither are the conditions or laws around employment. Perhaps you think you'll just scoop up a handful of "bludgers", throw them in a hole a scream at them to dig? Your comments only illustrate that on this topic, you have no idea what you're talking about. But isn't that the preogative of the blogosphere?

Psycho Milt said...

You would be tempted to think from the proliferation of degrees in this country that there were unlimited opportunities for those conversant with queer studies, sociology and so forth.

I'm not sure why you'd be tempted, given that there are relatively few students taking such courses these days, in comparison to the flood of business grads. A bachelor's degree is no more than an indication that you can read and write at a reasonable level, understand complex concepts and string together an argument. In the sciences, it's no more than an indication that you could function as a lab technician. None of them actually qualify you to do a particular job.

Andrei said...

Complete myth

Go to any campus in New Zealand and the women out number the men 2 to 1.

A large proportion are women on the DPB "bettering" themselves.

After graduation the get a job in Government or in some government funded quango.

And is there any point in anyone studying engineering - a discipline now polluted by newspeak like everything else.

Try and build anything real in this country and the top heavy bureaucracy will make it its mission to stop you.

MK said...

"If you want people to work there has to be work out there and it has to be well enough paid that people can live on it without needing government support."

Off course, i think that government must simply mandate that everyone is entitled to a 5-bed house with double garage and a BMW and business should just @#$%ing pay people so they can.

We might as well just do that, the way the parasite mentality is growing in the west.

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