Monday, July 5, 2010
The less you earn the more you get.
Every time a story like this gets a bit of coverage I'm always surprised at the, umm, surprise from various people.
It's certainly not news to me, nor I suppose your good self, that the less you earn the more the state will give you and the more you earn the more the state will take from you. (Note, I said the less you earn the more the state will give you).
So where is the incentive?
Incentive for what? No, not the incentive to earn a decent crust, there is none. Only a fool, (ie, me and probably you), would.
I mean the incentive to deal with the madness that is the welfare system? The ConDem Abomination are making some noises on the issue but we all know that nothing of substance will happen. Yeah, one or two 'reforms' to certain parts of the system will be introduced to appease the Daily Hate brigade and to ensure that they can say that they have 'done something'.
The bare fact is, any attempt by any political party to properly reform the welfare system is political suicide. Too many battles for votes are waged on the welfare battlefield.
So what to do?
Yes, it's a tough one. Only workers earning over X amount should be allowed to vote? The votes of those on benefits/tax credits only count as a half? Very draconian stuff.
But really, what to do?