Dutch treat

You can see our own new government is being driven crazy by all of the inherited programs they have been lumbered with by Labor. Eventually it will become common knowledge that the R-G-R government has not only left the pantry bare, but has commissioned a series of projects of such waste and stupidity that even with the best will in the world, they cannot possibly be indulged. Which brings me to the latest news from the Dutch. This is the new mood of welfare reform in Holland, driven by the same problems we are confronting ourselves:

The Dutch have just announced a massive reform of their welfare system, designed to reduce dependency and put a new emphasis on work. For example, welfare applicants will now be required to prove that they spent at least 4 weeks actively searching for a job before they become eligible for any assistance. And once they begin to receive benefits they will either have to work or perform volunteer community service. Dutch welfare recipients would be required to take available jobs even if they had to move or commute up to three hours per day. . . .

Other reforms would reduce benefits by treating families as a single unit, rather than as separate individuals. For instance a mother with two children would receive a single payment rather than three separate payments. The combined payment would be less, based on the assumption of ‘shared expense.’

According to the Dutch government, the reforms will ensure that welfare is seen as ‘a safety net, rather than a right.’

When you’ve run out of other people’s money, things begin to change, specially when those other people are running out of money themselves.

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15 Responses to Dutch treat

  1. Louis Hissink

    Until the socialists get re-elected, of course.

  2. jupes

    What’s the Dutch solution to disability pensions?

  3. Infidel Tiger

    We’re trapped in a Rudd Gillard Dutch Oven.

  4. jupes

    Eventually it will become common knowledge that the R-G-R government has not only left the pantry bare, but has RoGeRed the country.

  5. Alfonso

    Yeah, never fear, our Tone will fix the grip of the comrades by appointing Stott Des and Combet.
    Anyone might think his heart isn’t in it.

  6. Rodney

    Shame on you and all the Dutch. Treating families as a single unit could inhibit samesexmarriage.

  7. Percy

    the reforms will ensure that welfare is seen as ‘a safety net, rather than a right.

    Revolutionary thinking in this day and age

  8. Noddy

    I don’t follow the argument that everybody should work from the cradle to the grave.
    Is this work for work’s sake? Utter bull-dust!
    What is the purpose of man?
    It seems to work for the bloody government and the ‘hanger-on’ parasites like the HRC.
    What is so beneficial about work unless it is voluntary?
    What is wrong with creative leisure?

  9. Chris M

    Hello Steve K, this article is for you:

    “What was Charles Dickens doing when he wrote a Christmas Carol”

    It’s all about economics – Adam Smith vs Malthus… and your friend Say gets a mention too.

  10. wreckage

    What is the purpose of man?

    To successfully reproduce.

  11. marcus

    Wreckage ; got it in one…..

  12. Makka

    “What is wrong with creative leisure?”

    Nothing whatsoever, as long as it is self funded.

    “I don’t follow the argument that everybody should work from the cradle to the grave.”

    Not sure how you came by that notion in the article. Welfare benefits are funded by taxpayers- you know, the guys and gals that work for their money. Quite rightly the Dutch Govt is saying that welfare benefits will be provided, under certain conditions, while encouraging the recipients to go out and earn their own money rather than rely on taxpayers.

    If only Abbott and the LNP were so sensible.

  13. Michel Lasouris

    That’s what I like about the Dutch. Sure, they make mistakes, but they ( almost alone) are big enough to admit to them, and then do something to put it right. They are tough, self reliant and very clever folk.

  14. Luke

    Yeah it’s funny how I’m not hearing all those leftists carrying on about a structural deficit anymore like they did in the Howard years.

  15. Notafan

    I did a little research on this and saw this
    “It would be an interesting study to find out how correlated declines in social spending as a share of GD are with increases in immigration and the heterogeneity of the population in Holland and Scandinavia. Public choice theory predicts that social provision of goods and services works best in very homogeneous societies with common values and culture. As these societies have become more diverse are they responding by becoming less ‘social’ and more ‘market’ driven?

    It would be both an irony and rather cool if the left liberal value of ‘diversity’ worked actively against that of state paternalism.”
    http://www.newgeography.com/content/004028-the-dutch-rethink-welfare-state
    Anecdotal evidence suggests the same views may exist in Australia

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