Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Why I've given up the fight for child benefit
Its supporters no longer represent my views.
You see I believe in universal benefits, paid for by taxes.
I think that everyone should pay taxes, even those on social welfare, so that they care about Government policy.
But everyone needs to be able to afford to pay tax, so I believe in the concept of a basic income.
I hate means testing. I think it's expensive, demeaning and always unfair on some children.
I'm sick of hearing about why Michael O'Leary does not need child benefit. It is not for him, it is for his kids. Perhaps he gives very little to his wife for the kids? PACUB knows that that happens in some families.
Child benefit has been the only payment to all families that is there for them no matter what happens or how their circumstances change.
I know this because - together with DCA for my special girl - it was the only income I had at first when my contract job finished. It may be the only income for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Without it people may die.
But the government and their media lackeys seem to have won. They have divided us into little groups, all trying to fight our own corner and protect our patch. Those who shout the loudest - and vote - are protected.
I'm sick of fighting.
Now there's talk about a two tier child benefit or giving parents food stamps instead of benefits. I can't even go there. Do you give your children vouchers for Easons or Smiths or Borders instead of pocket money?
And to the people who say that there should be NO child benefit, let me remind you of this:
Our children are YOUR future too.