I've sat with this post for a few months. But here it is...
Am I going to regret this post in the morning? Probably not.
Here in New Zealand, and in most other countries (I'm guessing), there is an alarming number of children living with abuse, neglect and poverty. New Zealand has a very bad reputation when it comes to death of young children due to abuse.
Daily, we are confronted with news articles about children who are hungry. Children who have been horribly abused. Children who have died because of terrible abuse.
We are faced with the failing of families and the destruction of childhoods. There is the eternal saga of benefits vs working for the money.
The "who is being punished" if you were to stop the benefit argument has been had ad nauseum. The government is trying to stop the abuse of the benefit and the children.
I actually can't read any more of the articles. It is always the same arguments from all sides. The same excuses. The same blame-game.
In my honest opinion (this is what's going to get me drawn and quartered) the biggest thing people are forgetting is that pro-creating is not a right any more. It is a privilege. If you are unable to feed yourself, whether or not you are relying on government handouts, you should not have a child. If you fall on hard times, do not have another child until you are back on your feet. You are responsible for your child(ren) not Joe Blogg who is a hard working father of one who would love to have another child but can't afford it.
It is your responsibility to look after that child. Clothe her, feed him, love her, educate him. Do not blame your circumstances on others. It is our choices that keep us where we are and take us to new things.