Reduced welfare integrity

A recent survey by The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research’s Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) has revealed a decrease in welfare dependency by working age people. The annually survey of 17,000 people has recorded a decrease in weekly welfare payments from 23% in 2001 to a current 18.6%. [1]

This is more information that supports what many including the IMF have stated, that equal access to health and education enables populations to not only move off welfare but to contribute to a more stable society and increase economic prosperity.[2]

The bottom line is that people will do well if they can and this is proved time and again. A society can be a prison where it continually disables its population and then blames them for it, or it can be a liberation where each individual can achieve self-determination and escape welfare and poverty and the handing down of poverty to their own children.

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Envy of those who hold true vision

It seems those who support a less inclusive approach to the vulnerable in life and society exhibit an envy toward those who do have the capacity and courage to act to support the greater good. Those who seek to propel society to be less inclusive of the more vulnerable do so as a downward envy towards those who need extra support in life for whatever numerous reasons this can occur. The less generous appear suspicious of those not solely motivated by a mean-spirited vested interest and struggle to comprehend those that exhibit such distinctive generosity of spirit and purpose.

Those who support the withdrawing of financial support to the vulnerable in life exhibit an envy of those who get the meagre financial support to assist their difficult circumstances. This misjudged envy reveals their own denigrated humanity.

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Ideas in politics

Everything in life starts out with some sort of an idea. Many great thinkers, over multiple generations, have made statements that credit the initial moment of any worthwhile activity is first in its formulation as an idea.

An idea begins as a kernel, a thought or notion, that compels a process of interrogation and development. The thought or notion may be as a response to a experience in the physical world or it may be entirely of the mind. In this way, we can peer into an individual’s soul by the pronouncement of their ideas. The pitch and tone of their ideas illuminate a worldview and that individual’s capacity that determine the quality of the type of vision they have for themselves and their world.

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The affront of change

Change, like technology, is not in itself good or bad rather, change is often a tool used to gain advantage over others, which again is not necessarily good or bad in itself, but the degree of advantage and exploitation over the more vulnerable is the issue and concern. Therefore, it is in how change is managed, it is the trust given and used by the less Continue reading

Iceland is an example to the world

“After the crash, many Icelanders turned away from the world and global trade. They began spending more time with their families and children, in the outdoors and with Icelandic books. Alcohol consumption dropped among young Icelanders, and the subjective feeling of happiness increased.” Spiegel Online

It seems that I am not the only one taking note of Iceland’s financial and wellbeing recovery. A few days after I wrote on Iceland Spiegel have also put pen to paper on Iceland.

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Iceland let its banks collapse in the GFC

Iceland is gutsy. Unlike every other economy that I am aware of it let its banks take the rap for their own mistakes in the GFC of 2008.

The Icelandic Prime Minister at the time said :

“…dozens of banks around the world have had to throw in the towel and look to the state for assistance in their home countries. The problem which faced the Icelandic Government when this chain of events was unleashed was more serious than the problem facing other governments, because of how large the Icelandic banking system was in proportion to the economy. It was, therefore, clear that it was neither sensible nor feasible for the Icelandic state to shoulder the burdens of the entire banking system.”

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Germany is leading the way with family friendly corporate values

As the strongest country of the European it is great to see Germany leading the way in adopting attitudes and work practices that recognise employess are people, and these persons have family, family responsibilities. While many family friendly policies have most often meant flexibility for women in the workforce, Germany in particular is adjusting corporate culture to assist men in their family responsibilities in their role as fathers.

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Is it really prosperity if it is not shared

“I think all of us here today would acknowledge that we’ve lost that sense of shared prosperity.” Barack Obama, 27 March 2008

Any prosperity is not an expanding and inclusive concept is not really prosperity but greed and self indulgence of the worst kind.

This is informed by the way I see love. Love is an expanding concept, the more you are loved the more you have to offer to those around you. As soon as love becomes an end in itself it is more about selfishness, greed and is mean-spirited, and not love at all.

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Prosperity needs a lot more innovative thought than Hockey could imagine

Ross Gittins wrote, “What made the recurrence of my fiscal nightmare so scary was Hockey’s fatuous statement that ”no country has ever taxed its way to prosperity”, which signalled his resolve to get the deficit down purely by cuts in government spending. Seriously? That’s a sign he still doesn’t understand the nature and severity of his problem. No treasurer has ever purely cut his way to budget balance. Not an encouraging sign.”

We need to look to generating prosperity in ways that are positive and create momentum for the creation of the society of the future. Impoverishing the vulnerable within a

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Feminism benefits men

Respect and valuing both genders can only benefit both men and women equally. Males who have not been exposed to men who value and respect women, in the family and in the community, struggle to learn those behaviours that enable them to have positive enjoyable and meaningful relationships with women. Role modeling and communication skills are learned by witnessing those behaviours and interactions within cultures and society. Women equally learn behaviours and access esteem and positive relations with Continue reading