Monday, December 30, 2013

Taking envyism to a new level

Here's an interesting claim from a poster at the Daily Blog:
Right now the minimum wage is so low that those receiving it look upon beneficiaries with envy. - See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/30/next-year-is-election-year/#sthash.AMxcxww8.dpuf
Right now the minimum wage is so low that those receiving it look upon beneficiaries with envy. - See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/30/next-year-is-election-year/#sthash.AMxcxww8.dpuf
 "Right now the minimum wage is so low that those receiving it look upon beneficiaries with envy."

If that's true, it's a major problem for the Left who look for voters from both low-income groups - workers and beneficiaries.

With envy comes resentment. You might expect low income workers to feel some sympathy for beneficiaries if both groups are 'struggling'. But if the Left continue to stir and fuel bitterness about low wages, those workers might consequently feel more resentful towards beneficiaries than government.

Then, when Labour and the Greens talk about lifting benefit levels specifically through paying beneficiaries the IN WORK tax credit, how are they going to react?

Is that what's really behind the living wage campaign? To lift minimum wage levels up to the equivalent that (some) beneficiaries receive?

The political poser for the Left is how to keep low wage workers and beneficiaries both happy with election promises. What an awful dilemma.
Right now the minimum wage is so low that those receiving it look upon beneficiaries with envy. - See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/30/next-year-is-election-year/#sthash.AMxcxww8.dpuf

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Right now the minimum wage is so low that those receiving it look upon beneficiaries with envy."

But of course they do.

"workers" get $13.75 an hour, and typically have to work at least a 40 hour week.

bludgers can get over $600 on the DPB with kids & accommodation. They've got to see their case manager, so say that takes a couple of hours.

That's still around $300/hr for working 2 hours,
versus $13.75/hr for working 40 hours.

Which would you rather have?

The US (GOP not Obama) has the right approach: cancel the dole after say 10 weeks on the bludge. And guess what you find when you do that? people don't starve: people work.

leftrightout said...

The highest minimum wage in the world is Australia.

The country with the world's richest population is Australia.

Join the dots.

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Anonymous said...

leftrightout
I don't know where you got your information from, but Australia does not have the highest minimum wage in the world. Using the OECD database for real minimum wage rates in 2012 (the most recent year) the order is:

Luxembourg, France, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, United States ...

On the basis of your logic we are the 8th highest in the world, so we must be the 8th richest country, with our richness exceeding that of USA.

Go figure!


Data source: http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=RMW