New Zealanders work too hard, whines Labour MP Darien Fenton. If Darien stopped to think about it Labour gave us the expansive welfare state. Fifty years Labour refused to entertain warnings that some New Zealanders would take advantage of universal taxpayer-funded benefits. Fifty years ago under 5,000 working age people relied on the state, mostly invalids and widows. Today the number is around 260,000 or ten percent of the working age population.
Does it occur to Darien that some New Zealanders are going to have to work harder to support those that chose not to?
Apart from which, people should be free to work as hard as they damn well like without sticky beak calling for the government to restrict their hours. What she should be calling for is people's ability to keep more of what they produce to use as they see fit. She might be pleasantly surprised at the results.
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