Withdrawing welfare: kind of like knee-capping the defenceless
On the subject of welfare, I have the following to say:
When a system breaks down because the wealthy have [auto mod] up, you don’t have the right to blame the system’s victims.
Demonising poor, sick and disabled people is evil under all circumstances.
Lying about statistics is an act of intellectual criminality.
Manifesting incompetence in the face of severe socioeconomic crisis is an act of unaffordable luxury.
Not being honest about one’s failings is stupidity squared – and infuses in absolutely no one the otherwise necessary confidence which our society needs to properly function.
To blame welfare for the crisis we’re suffering from – as well as arguing it needs to be controlled in order to recover a semblance of economic normality – is like saying you can have an overdraft facility, which, by the by, they charge you for, exactly when you don’t want it, and then withdrawing it precisely at the moment you go overdrawn.
(This, by the way, once happened to me. I shall never forget the moment. I shall always remember, from that moment on, how it coloured my view of life – and banks in particular.)
But then that is how politicians, business leaders and hangers-on various – who don’t do or need welfare personally at all – all prefer to see the lie of the land.
We’ll charge you for welfare until and unless you actually need it. And then, particularly if it is our fault, we will take away what is becoming in our eyes a disproportionate right to access it.
Never mind that the suffering is more than equal to its disproportionate access. Never mind that disproportionate access is symptomatic of terrible suffering.
To cap it all, let’s go and cap welfare. Sounds much less painful – don’t you think? – than capping people.
Yes. Kind of like capping the knees of the most defenceless. And whoever needed to care at all when those that hobbled were the least vocal in society?