Watch what’s happening in Australia. Something like it could be coming to your front door.
If you live in Australia, it’s already at your door.
The Daily Telegraph (4/12) (Anti-vaccination parents face $15,000 welfare hit under ‘No Jab’ reforms) reports:
“Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison will today announce the historic reforms, which mean parents who fail to immunise their children will no longer be paid the $200-a-week childcare benefit, the $7500-a-year childcare rebate or the $726 Family Tax Benefit A annual supplement.
“The combined childcare and welfare payments at risk could amount to up to $30,000 a year for a family with two young children. The changes will come into effect from January 1, 2016.”
Several years ago, when I wrote about the impending passage of Obamacare, I warned that, up the road, restrictions would tighten. Once under the umbrella of national health insurance, people would find their options squeezed.
View Australia as an object lesson.
What Australia is now facing illustrates the two-step dance: become more reliant on government money; become vulnerable to having that money taken away.
“We, the government, care about you and your health, we love you, we help you, we give you money…but don’t resist us. Obey our rules or suffer the consequences.”
Of course, government money turns out to be a lot like tax money, money you pay the government every year.
“Give us your (tax) money. Then we’ll decide how to give some of it back to you, and under what conditions.”