Quoting (with permission) Paul Norton on FB:
You know there is something wrong when government ministers, parliamentary secretaries and their various shills use language that clearly indicates that they regard welfare and “welfare dependency” as greater evils than destitution, homelessless, starvation and the aggravation of chronic mental illness through a combination of ideological demonisation and bureaucratic harassment.
I think it’s time we posed the question: given a choice between a welfare system in which some people get money they don’t deserve but nobody dies miserably, and a welfare system in which nobody gets money they don’t deserve but people die miserably, which do we prefer? And does Bill Shorten have the ticker to frame the issue that way and declare which option he prefers?
Some news stories related to how we view the “undeserving” in the West these days:
- David Clapson’s awful death was the result of grotesque government policies [Frances Ryan, The Guardian]
- You should know her name: Miss Dhu was Aboriginal, 22, and died four days after being in custody [Clementine Ford, Daily Life]
The contrast with the rhetoric surrounding critics of the increasing wealth gap as advocates of “class warfare” is stark, and John Oliver sums it up (particularly with note to the national lotteries at the end) – the usual ‘don’t read YouTube comments’ caveat applies:
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