Democrats for Social Credit Party

Did you know New Zealand has a?Democrats for Social Credit Party? ?Neither did I. ?They had a press release yesterday. ?I thought, in the interest of broad coverage and balance, I’d share it with you.

PM John Key is master of the flip, whether that?s a flip-flop, flip-off, or flippant comment to side-step hard questions and deflect blame. And now, speaking on the subject of measuring child poverty, it seems he?s added ?flipped out? to his repertoire.

Key?s flippant one-liners are a very poor substitute for reasoned argument, and an inexcusable response to serious questions about the number of children living in poverty. To say that it?s too hard to measure, not easy like counting rats and stoats on DOC reserves, is an appalling statement from any elected representative and utterly disgraceful coming from the Prime Minister. It?s a dreadful image, and a fatuous argument when other entities have developed robust methodologies for measuring child poverty (see example in Notes below).

Instead of practising his flipping technique, the Prime Minister would be well advised to heed the advice of Children?s Commissioner Andrew Beecroft to cut the 150,000 children living in poverty by 10% by the end of next year. For a government obsessed with targeting, surely that modest target is achievable.

Child poverty is a serious social issue, with life altering consequences – for individual children and for us all, as a society, too.

The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) has workable policies which will transform the New Zealand economy. The Party also has range of policies to support industry. But most importantly, because people are at the heart of all DSC policies, eliminating child poverty is a priority. How? Introducing an unconditional basic income to give immediate financial relief to poor families would be an excellent start. Ensuring a genuinely free public education system; freeing up money for the health system by restructuring DHB debt using Reserve Bank credit; building affordable houses; de-centralising services; using our own central bank instead of borrow at interest from overseas financiers; and a great deal more, will positively transform the lives of the poor, working or otherwise, and society in general??.but that may take a little longer.

Universal basic income, free education, more money for health, more affordable homes, printing our own money… and a great deal more.

Looks like Labour with Russel Normal at the money printing press to me.

Of course, while Child Poverty remains defined as those who live on 60% or less than the median wage, the only way we can ever solve that problem is to pay everyone exactly the same. ? Or kill all children.

Any party that says it will eliminate Child Poverty is showing itself to be stupid. ? Labour says they will eliminate Child Poverty too. ?I rest my case.