Yes… yes… yes. Now the “cuts” are made concrete even good people who are losing their bondoogles are screaming. The fact is the poor benefit disproportionatley from “public services” and when these are cut, they are going to feel the brunt. The middle classes are feeling the pinch too, but they CAN absorb the discomfort of losing things like child benefit. This may seem unfair, but it is inevitable. Fairness which simply looking at income deciles and concluding that “THE POOR ARE LOSING OUT” without looking at the services CONSUMED is facile, and dishonest.. The process of adjustment to the new reality is going to be more uncomfortable for someone whose whole livlihood is comprised of state benefits, but a transition is happening, it is nessesary and it cannot be achieved without there being winners and losers.
But let’s not beat about the bush here, it is the fact that someone’s entire livlihood CAN be comprised of state benefits IS PART OF THE PROBLEM. And the people who benefit from the state must realise that the process of getting to the state where 1 in 6 of the British population is disabled, and a quarter of the population are out of work is profoundly uncomfortable for the people who pay for it. It is unsustainable. And insofar as the benefits system facilitates idleness it creates misery amonst the very people it is supposed to help.
The working population has endured since 1997 the greatest peace-time rise in taxation in British history. That means the tax bill, whether it is paid in stamp-duty, VAT, Income tax, National Insurance, corporation tax, CGT, IHT or income tax, vehicle excise duty or fuel duty is borne by a small portion of the population, and though the left rarely admit it, the burden rarely falls on the people expected – all tax, is in final analysis, income tax. Fewer than half of us pay for the rest of us to consume day-time TV. The left may like to have the debate about taxation based around Marginal income tax rates, but just because someone is taxed at a marginal rate of 40% on his income, doesn’t change the fact that when you add NI the marginal rate rises to over 60%. 50% income tax isn’t “fair” because it wouldn’t be 50%, it would be a marginal rate of nearly 75%.
Much as I love Bendy Girl’s writing (and I wouldn’t invite her to contribute to this blog if I didn’t find her insights interesting and her story compelling) it does not mean I agree with all her analysis. ‘Benefit Scrounging Scum’ does give an insight into the trials and tribulations of negotiating a freocious bureacuracy in persuit of benefits, those of us paying for those benefits would like some acknowlegement once in a while from the recipients of the benefits of the hard work those of us who pay taxes endure. Frankly the problem is that the Benefits are seen to come from a magical money tree called “the Government” and too many people forget that it is people like me, struggling to build a business, and build a family who have to write cheques to the government for sums of money we can ill afford, the benefit of which we will NEVER see.
Shot through Bendy Girl’s post CSR posts is the idea that the poor, supported from taxation can NEVER have any of that largesse taken away. Well we tax-payers are struggling. I’m abroad for the first time in 18 months (to see my Parents, as it happens). I haven’t had a full week’s holiday in 5 years, because I’m working hard, and thanks to the vagiaries of the benefits system, I’m responsible for the financial upkeep of 2 women and one child, on top of the state taxation which I think borders on the rapacious. I see NO benefit from the state (NHS dosn’t count: 15% of my tax bill would pay for a very comprehansive insurance policy, and leave some left over to pay a mediacal charity, and in any case, for someone like me, the NHS is shit; Roads let’s take fuel duty and call it quits etc…). That’s unfair. We tax-payers a feeling a bit put upon, and the majority of the population who benefit from our largesse had better start hoping that grumbling doesn’t turn into something more concrete than voting Tory. Like a full-scale tax-payer revolt.
Without the “selfish, sharp-elbowed” middle classes, you’re all fucked.
So, I find it difficult to get worked up abouthigher rate mobility allowance being taken away from people in care homes. Sorry. I find it difficult to get worked up about ANYONE enjoying a life of idleness at my expence. What I DO get worked up about is when the benefit system PREVENTS people who genuinely want to get work, getting work, and preventing work paying even when a job is offered. And I think the coalition policies will work towards an end which changes that injustice. So it isn’t “shame” on David Cameron for taking a modest pair of pruning shears to the thicket of the benefits system (a process which is ALWAYS going to produce a parade of bleeding stumps). It’s the start of a process which will produce a fairer, more productive and happier population.
But I wouldn’t mind so much about the welfare state, if, instead of being demonised as “middle class” endlessly in the media, the beneficiaries of my taxation said “thank you” once in a while, and took the odd pruning of the money-tree on the chin, as we have taken the tax rises on the chin for most of the last decade when we were paying ever more for the fucking thing.
http://bracken.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/logo-2.png00Malcolm Brackenhttp://bracken.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/logo-2.pngMalcolm Bracken2010-10-24 14:40:002017-07-21 01:44:00Take the medicine like a man.