Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, August 29, 2011

Can Youth 'card' Benefit Money be Guilty?

Any benefit received upon which the IRD considers it (a) taxable income and (in this case) deducts PAYE is and should be the absolute end of the matter. The governments restrictive determination of the end use impacts upon self-will.
We may as well lobotomise youth.
I find it particularly insidious that we should be doing this 'collectively'.
When WE do it to THEM there is a price to pay....
I also find it galling that there was no policy impact statement prepared (and made public) so that proper determination of the cost effectiveness and outcome 'delivery' can be tested against benchmark objectives. It smacks of electioneering populism (and othering) over pragmatic governance.
It is about as logical as prosecuting someone for spending 'profits of selling some cannabis' on bread.

That some money (mine) has a different inherent quality than other money (yours)... and that someone (govt) has a (a) the right to know the difference (b) define that difference and (c) the circumstance in which that arbitrary difference is applied.

It leads to the legal assumption that property including 'cash' can be guilty after the fact, or could be/might be 'suspicious' creating an unwarranted 'need to police'.

That 'we already do it for....' still doesn't make it right, sustainable, good  or civil.
Perhaps the National Party should check this 'targeted policy' against its own party principals?

Blair Anderson 
Social Ecologist 'at large'

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