Sallies call for middle class to pay more taxes.

This really annoys me. This Major Campbell Roberts presumably is a preacher not a politician. I’m not knocking anyone’s belief here. Whatever rocks your boat. But the Major should stay out of “poverty politics”:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10849609

Herald editor Simon Collins is too far gone for their to be any hope for him to be neutral so it’s no surprise he ran this non-story. It is effectively the reporting of a Major Random’s opinion with no statistical substance.
I’d have asked for cold hard facts – foodbank activity. Increases in visits to Sallies counselors.¬† But Collin’s just quoted a religious figure.

Saying that the ‘middle class”, have to pay more taxes to save society is just ill-directed sentiment. High taxes cause bankruptcy if they are arbitrarily applied for some wishy washy feel-good reason. Increased productivity should engender higher wages and it should be up to a firm to decide when this occurs. And those nasty business people aren’t going to give away money.
But they will pay to keep good staff instead of letting another business steal them away. This is when wages rise for good reason.

When the minimum wage rises without good cause, the cost of producing anything rises. Then housewives pay more at the supermarket and have to take on a second job ’cause hubby can’t earn enough on his own. Then you get the stories of how the minimum wage needs to rise and how the rich people are awwwful and how New Zealand is full of these baad rich people.
That’s when men start thumping their wives and drinking more. We tend to get bad tempered when told it’s someone’s else’s fault that we can’t get ahead:

He said New Zealand was now one of the most unequal developed countries, with a disturbing ethnic divide. Pacific children were 50 times as likely as Europeans, and Maori children 23 times as likely, to get rheumatic fever because of cold, damp and overcrowded houses.
¬†So? Nobody forces people to live together.¬† The rheumatic fever bullshit is more than likely because New Zealand has a shitty weather system. You don’t get rheumatic fever in California.

A quarter of all male Maori spent time in the Corrections system.
So? If you don’t do bad shit you don’t go to jail.¬†

He said a big rise in the minimum wage between 2000 and 2008 did not cause higher unemployment, and raising the minimum further would be an effective way to lift the incomes of large numbers of workers.

He said New Zealand should also abolish tax on the first $5000 or $10,000 of income, following Australia which tripled the tax-free threshold in this year’s Budget from A$6000 ($7640) to A$18,200 ($23,200)
Give the message that you don’t even have¬† to pay for any of your own costs if you’re a poor schmuck.

Tax breaks for the poor had to be funded by higher taxes on middle and higher earners. “That has to be based on the expectation that the well-paid and wealthy will pay more tax.”
Well, you’d be hard pressed to find them – they’ve frigged of to the States, Asia or Europe.¬†

He also called for a major house building programme and a universal child benefit.
Can the RMA and watch the housebuilding take off and unemployment fall. What we don’t need is to be treated like kids.

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  • Daniel Venema

    A very sophomoric read. I think you need to go back to school, instead of spending your time spreading nonsensical opinions on the internet. You’re clearly one of these typical brainwashed 20th century hicks. Brainwashed by Edward Bernays into the philosophy of the self and of selfishness. I don’t completely agree with what the Salvation Army clowns are saying, but they are partly right. More importantly, however, I find your attitude to the rate at which Maori people are incarcerated disgusting. This rate is not possible unless there are some very racist people running and simply working in our so-called “Justice” system. Part of the reason the Maori community is vulnerable is also the fact there is still racism in our society in general, there is still racists, and many Maori are affected negatively holding them in cycles that keep them in a low socio-economic bracket. This is the fault of neo-Liberal economics and bad Right-wing, divide and conquer politics. This is not their fault. This is the fault of people like you, with your ignorant views that don’t understand how the world works. When these people commit crimes they do so for many reasons someone in your obviously privileged position has never had to face. Have you ever gone hungry a day in your life? Do you understand how that affects your decision making? I think you need to learn more about history, particularly political and economic history. Someone as so obviously uninformed and lacking any ACTUALLY enlightened perspective, that encompasses the realities of “Cause and Effect” and looks from the a wider, more objective perspective, should be much more careful about writing about things of which they obviously have such little understanding of. Looking down here at the titles of some of the other things you’ve written, I see you are truly deluded, especially as you consider yourself “enlightened”. I have no more time to waste trying to explain to an idiot who won’t listen and go and find the information that will lead them to understand, because even if you did you’d probably be a slave to cognitive dissonance, why some of the things you are saying are completely stupid.

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