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Reciprocity and respect : Comments

By Steven Schwartz, published 12/5/2022

Reciprocity, compassion, and respect are the bedrock of morality and the foundation of community welfare.

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Reciprocity:

Unfortunately, the sense of appreciation by welfare recipients; (and that includes well-off recipients of old age pensions too, (pensions are welfare)), take the gift as being deserving of it.

Probably safe to say, most recipients of welfare are begrudging of itís inadequacy, which is a sad indictment on our materialistic and ungrateful society.
However there are ways in which welfare payments can be better targeted.

The complexity between the giver and receiver:

It is pretty well an established fact that the targeting of welfare is close to perfect from a political perspective as could be expected. After all, it is the Politicians given the task of satisfying a broad section of society in their electorates, or run the risk of rejection at the next election.

The money given for welfare payments through obligatory taxation, is a gift from the taxpayer; so it is the taxpayer with the need to be satisfied his contribution is not wasted.
It is the Politician given the administrative role to dispense the funds according to parliamentary decree.
It is obvious which party of the two, with a need for reciprocation.

Since means testing recipients falls into the too-hard basket, a fair system of distribution would be the introduction of death taxes, with a view of recouping unjustified Welfare payments, is a simple solution.

The modern day data collecting facilitates the collection of information that would be applicable to welfare payments through a life time.
These could be recalled at death, from a recipients assets which were visible for say five years before the event, to prevent secreting of those assets, since nobody can be sure exactly when they will die.

Education as an unnecessary expense to the taxpayer:

Privatisation of all Public education, will ameliorate towards welfare payments.
This stroke of genius, will leave a larger degree than at present, in the uneducated bracket mostly reliant on welfare, but the savings will be immense, which more than compensate, and allow a greater distribution of benefits better directed towards the needy.

Dan
Posted by diver dan, Thursday, 12 May 2022 8:34:30 AM
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I compare the system to a broken 3-legged barstool.
- Although in my comparison, the barstool was never broken, the barstool was never manufactured correctly in the first place.
(And that's why the system doesn't work)

Think of our society, it's a mixture of socialism and capitalism.
Right now 'Education' and 'Healthcare' are 2 legs of that barstool.
- And the missing leg on that barstool is 'Employment'

Let me explain.

We have a socialist system of education - PUBLIC SCHOOLS
(So that everyone receives a base-level standard of education)
And we also have a capitalist system of education - PRIVATE SCHOOLS
(A better system of education for those who are willing to pay for it)

Likewise we have a socialist system of healthcare - PUBLIC HOSPITALS
(So that everyone receives a base-level standard of healthcare)
And we also have a capitalist system of healthcare - PRIVATE HOSPITALS
(A better system of healthcare for those who are willing to pay for it)

Those are 2 legs of the barstool we currently have.
Now here's the point.

How do you have a system that provides a base-level standard of education and healthcare, if there does not exist a third system that works EXACTLY THE SAME FOR EMPLOYMENT?

The current system is unsustainable, it's built wrong.
The best system is one that helps people help themselves.

So how do we fix the system?
What you need is to incorporate that third leg of the broken barstool.
You need to compliment our capitalist system of employment, with a base-level standard of socialist employment.
Think of this as 'The job you have when you don't have a real job'
Do this, then you've created a sustainable system that can PAY FOR these other base-level standards in education and healthcare.
Now your barstool is well-grounded.
[Cont.]
Posted by Armchair Critic, Thursday, 12 May 2022 9:17:39 AM
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Let's turn to welfare.

Why would you want to pay welfare recipients $600 a FORTNIGHT, AND GET NOTHING BACK
When you can pay them $600 a WEEK and get a FULL-TIME WORKER INSTEAD?

DOUBLE DOLE FOR FULL-TIME WORK,
DOING THINGS THAT WILL HELP THE GOVERNMENT SAVE MONEY

THE JOB YOU HAVE WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A REAL JOB.

So now we have built a correct system, but we need jobs to implement it.

Currently work for the dole involves low-level unskilled menial work.
- Like mowing and whipper-snipping nursing homes

These are jobs that probably belong in the Capitalist system.
Scrap those low-level dis-empowering menial tasks and create REAL JOBS
EMPOWER THE UNEMPLOYED TO DO BETTER FOR THEMSELVES

I envisioned creating a BIG NATIONAL PROJECT
- Like HIGH SPEED RAIL (direct route) connecting all capital cities from Darwin, (to Townsville), to Brisbane, to Sydney, to Canberra, to Melbourne, To Adelaide, and onto to Perth with a separate INLAND ROUTE that brings the country to the city, and another connecting Adelaide to Darwin. This wouldn't just be for transport, but would also carry water, electricity, internet.

Now we have a means for those jobs EVERYWHERE.

People could LOG-ON to My-Gov and get a job shift ANYTIME THAT SUITS THEM
Incorporate APP BASED Skills and training for these jobs;
Where you do most of the learning for the job via the app, and a limited amount for SKILLS TESTING.

Similar to working credits you give out training credits for participation, and you use these training credits to pay for your SKILLS TESTING.

Get rid of old Resume's where EVERYONE LIES.
You bring in Digital Resumes
Posted by Armchair Critic, Thursday, 12 May 2022 9:39:01 AM
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Take Farming Simulator as an example
http://youtu.be/Wl1wvY7TVuc
Fast forward to 3min into the video for an in-vehicle view.

You can train people 90% of the what people the need to learn via the app, and use TRAINING CREDITS for ACTUAL SKILLS TESTING, which becomes a competency in their DIGITAL RESUME.

Now you have people that were once mowing and whipper snipping doing far more useful and productive things, empowered people.

I'll finish this by saying that you build onto this new HSR transport system (which includes power / water / internet), by adding in solar and wind farms, even nuclear to create a NATIONAL POWER GRID, and then you utilise this new tranport network by building huge big factories where LOW COST relocatable homes are assembled on a production line and taken where they are needed, and can be assembled in 48hrs.

Connect dams to other dams so that when one is full, water is moved to dams that arent full, and you generate power through the movement of water through those pipes.

Water pipe power generation this:
http://www.altenergymag.com/article/2016/04/what-is-hydropower-in-a-pipe/23404

Relocatable Houses like this: Boxabl Castita
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6Zf_AaiyC8

And finally, by creating 'The job you have when you don't have a job'
You remove the downward spiral that happens in peoples lives when they lose their jobs, can't pay mortgages, have relationship breakups, become estranged from kids, end up with mental problems, drug problems and all of that.

All that stuff, is gone, wiped out for a better more efficient and sustainable system.

COMPREHENDE?
Posted by Armchair Critic, Thursday, 12 May 2022 9:55:12 AM
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Congratulations!!
I've just shown you how to fix the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD

The biggest question I have right now, is whether people like you even give a crap about what people like us say and think?

And the proof in the pudding will be whether or not you engage with your readers.
Or whether you think you're too smart already that you're above all that?
Whether you think you already know all the answers and that you time is not worth engaging with people like us?
Whether you just post your article thinking your job is now done?
And whether or not I have to email you to get your attention?
Posted by Armchair Critic, Thursday, 12 May 2022 10:01:18 AM
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In Australia, ".... there is little relationship between what citizens put in and what they take out of the welfare system. Unlike the Netherlands, Australia's primary unemployment benefit does not assign a more significant amount to those with a more extensive work history."

Most of us bludge off those who get nothing, but who provide for us: the "rich" whom Green Labor wants to saddle with more taxes. Socialism at its most stupid. As stupid as the bit about immigrants, who lower wages and put up prices; and the "universal basic income", which is really off the planet, and welfare on stilts.
Posted by ttbn, Thursday, 12 May 2022 10:12:54 AM
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