Working for Families, or Nazi medals?
Posted February 13, 2008on:
In Nazi Germany, women were rewarded for having children. An estimated three million women ‘won’ a medal for having four or more children in 1939. Other incentives provided to women to encourage mass reproduction included marriage loans, tax allowances and health services.
In Labour-led New Zealand, women are rewarded for having children. The Working for Families scheme is “designed to help make it easier to work and raise a family” through paying extra money to those that have at least three children.
The in-work tax credit pays up to $60 a week for families with three children and up to an extra $15 a week for each additional child. The Working for Families scheme also offers an accommodation supplement and help with childcare costs.
Hitler offered his scheme to build up the Third Reich. A large population was critical to his vision of an Aryan super-state.
Arguably, Helen Clark is not as interested in an Aryan super-state. So why are she and her government so keen on giving reproduction rewards?
You may think this is an obvious answer. Few politicians don’t bribe us with our own money. But I’m not just referring to votes today. I’m also referring to votes far into the future.
The Working for Families scheme encourages those on low incomes to have additional children. Low income earners tend to vote for Labour. Therefore those that benefit most from the scheme will tend to support its continuation and vote for Labour.
Move forward a generation. Rightly or wrongly, the children that were born into the low income families will tend to find themselves in a similar income bracket. That’s not to say all people born into these lower income families will remain in that bracket, there are obvious exceptions. But typically speaking, there is some degree of intergenerational pass-through of socio-economic status.
Labour has just successfully engineered, within a generation, a sizeable increase in its support base. If this policy continues another generation you can see what will happen – exponential growth in the Labour support base.
Working for Families amounts to nothing more than breeding support in an attempt to entrench Labour’s power. It appears Hitler and Helen have more in common than a comb-over and a moustache.
Note: an obvious criticism of my theory is that those on lower incomes are less likely to vote. However, any increase in those on lower incomes will lead to a relative increase in Labour’s support, assuming (across generations) a constant proportion of lower-income earners that vote.