Lindsay Mitchell does some fine work on welfare statistics in NZ. Today she has quite an informative post up on the growth in the Domestic Purposes benefit.
In the text accompanying the stats, I didn’t read anything about why Lindsay thinks these figures continue to increase, from 9000 when it was first introduced to 114,000 today.
I’m not 100% sure who gets these benefits, but I think they’re parents, mostly women, with children but no fathers.
There is some grumbling about politicians, as if they deserve the blame, and I guess they do to an extent. If you pay money for something you get more of it.
However there has to be somewhere a basic cause as to why we have been, overe the last few decades, incrementally burdened with a huge number of families without fathers.
I think a big part of it is that the influence of social liberals has resulted in the gradual degradation of values such as fidelity, chastity, and other characterisics of personal responsibility that impact upon the marital situation.
I believe that this is just another aspect of the Marxist demoralisation strategy that we have been dealing with for some decades now, but say for the sake of argument we put that political theory aside, and just ask ourselves why has the situation become so bad, its apparent the situation is not totally the fault of politicians.
After all, there is no law saying women should go out and have sex with whomever they feel like, and become mothers and have kids with whomever they feel like, and then depart that relationship whenever they feel like it. (And the same of course can be said of men.) There is no law mandating this chain of events.
Why does it happen in New Zealand but not Singapore? (for example)
Its down to social attitudes, and as far as this goes, the people who have advocated for years against traditional Conservative attitudes regarding sex and marriage and children and families are those the most responsible for this situation. Their whining about the cost of it all today sounds pretty hollow really.