As financialization, offshoring, and gratuitous austerity continue to wipe out jobs in the U.K., millions of people are forced to apply for welfare (if they can qualify) and to rely on food banks for survival.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is saddened by this.
Cameron says it is his moral duty to “help” the victims (of Cameron’s policies) by kicking them off welfare so they must look for jobs (that don’t exist).
Cameron says his attack is “not just about saving money, but about doing what is right.”
Of course, the U.K. government creates its money out of thin air, so there is no need to “save money.” So it’s really about “doing what is right” – i.e. widening the Gap between the rich and the rest.
Let me quote Cameron. Every time he says “reform,” I will substitute the word “cut,” since that is exactly what Cameron means by “reform.”
This is from the U.K. Telegraph…
Last weekend the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, critiqued my welfare cuts. Nichols suggested that my welfare cuts were based primarily around saving money, that the safety net against hunger and destitution no longer exists, and that my savage cuts are not working. I disagree with him deeply.
First, my welfare cuts are not just about doing what we can afford, but doing what is right. The moral case for my welfare cuts is every bit as important as making the numbers add up: building a country where people aren’t trapped in a cycle of dependency but are able to get on, stand on their own two feet and build a better life for themselves and their family are screwed unless they are already rich.
Rather than enact policies to create jobs, Cameron says it is his “moral duty” to eliminate what few crumbs fall to the unemployed people.
With welfare, people are paid more to be on benefits than to be in work. Ordinary people claim unlimited amounts of housing benefits – in London there were people claiming truly astonishing sums of £60,000, £70,000, £80,000 a year. Hundreds of thousands of people were put on Incapacity Benefit and never reassessed, essentially taken off the books and forgotten about. None of these things is defensible. And it is right both economically – and morally – to change them.
The founders of our welfare system believed in the principle of responsibility wage slavery – and so do we. Those who can’t work will be always supported, but those who can work have the responsibility to do so.
…even when there are no jobs for them.
It is wrong to penalize those who work hard and do the right thing while rewarding those who can work, but don’t.
You mean like politicians? Or the parasites in the rentier lass who collect a free lunch because they own capital?
If you don’t like people being on welfare, then create jobs for them!
My welfare cuts are not just right in principle, they are right in practice. A key test of a welfare system is whether it supports people into work. That simply didn’t happen under Labour. In spite of all the talk about so-called “boom years” we saw a situation where almost a million and a half people spent the last decade out of work – and the number of households where no one had ever worked doubled.
Translation: Welfare causes unemployment. Financialization, offshoring, and gratuitous austerity have nothing to do with it. Kick people off welfare, and they will naturally find jobs that are plentiful and high-paying.
The number of workless households is steadily coming down – a quarter of a million more children in our country have a role model who gets up in the morning, goes to work and provides for them. There are more people in work than ever before – 1.3 million more since the last election who are able to count on the security and stability of a regular paycheck.
Translation: The more people we kick off unemployment benefits, the fewer “unemployed” people we have.
Of course, we are in the middle of a long and difficult journey turning our country around. That means difficult decisions to get our deficit down, making sure that the debts of this generation are not our children’s to inherit. But my welfare cuts go beyond that alone: they are about giving new purpose, new opportunity, new hope – and yes, new responsibility to people who had previously been written off with no chance.
Cameron’s lies about the U.K. federal deficit and “national debt” prove that everything else he says is lies. And like all sociopathic creeps, Cameron claims to be doing his victims a favor.
Congratulations Cameron. You have been officially categorized and stamped.