Yes, in somecountries, it is high wage, high tax, highbenefits. In Singapore, it is low wage, manylow taxes, few benefits.
The question iswhether the social spending is at itsreasonable maximum currently based onthe current revenues
and whether it willbe at its reasonable maximum. Or arepeople shortchanged?
How unfortunate.Maybe people are wishing that some lamedragon would fall from heaven one day.
Every time a PAPpolitician talks about improving socialsafety nets, they will turn didactic and tellpeople the importance of self-reliance.Nevertheless, credit must be given to himfor not using the irrita
ting cliché, “crutchmentality”.
It is dangerous to
presume that if one’s families theoretically
could help, they would. Looking at benefitsin terms of families instead of in individualterms is nothing but a disavowal of theneed for the state to care for the individual.
An example of competition: compete with foreigners tosee who can survive on the lowest wage.
One wishes the PAPcould be as positive about politicalcompetition.
Somehow, thismessage seems more appropriate for a PAPmeeting than for a national day rally wherethe whole nation is addressed.
Lord! Not anotherinspirational story from random people heknows or meets!
Maybe he couldlegislate on what constitutes a decentsalary.