Bashing the bishops

Posted: February 20, 2014 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

Bishop Nick Baines considers the welfare cuts, the letter from 27 Bishops and the reaction to it.

Nick Baines's Blog

Before I went to Kazakhstan for the first time in 2003 I had little idea of its post-independence history. I knew it quite well (from a distance and in a bit of a weird way) as a Soviet republic, but after the collapse of the Soviet empire and its unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1991, I had lost track and lost interest.

So, 2003 was only twelve years after this massive change. I learned that Russia immediately cut off every economic or financial lifeline to the new Republic of Kazakhstan and left it – the dumping ground of the old USSR – as a polluted and poverty-stricken cast-off, ready to sink into oblivion. Twelve years later, however, the country was developing its economy, shaping its identity, carving out its place in the international political community, and building a confident new nation. Yes, there was also corruption and some very unsavoury…

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  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    Sometimes tough love is necessary. There are a few that can not earn their way. Most on welfare can. They are just trapped in the misery of their position. In most cases the welfare pays better then entry level jobs. So the loss in income and benefits is too much to justify working to earning a living.
    Most of the people that I know, that are on welfare, consider it to be their “job” that they “work” at. Very amusing to listen to how hard they work to “earn” their stipend and benefits. Of course as a disabled war veteran and over 67 year old I guess I’m considered to be on welfare. I just tell then I earned it the hard way in South East Asia. 😉 pg

  2. tallbloke says:

    Enjoy your retirement pension PG, you really did earn it.

  3. p.g.sharrow says:

    Pension! Ha! a small joke, quite small, my Lady and I still work. Other people depend on us for a way to earn their own living. For those that live on the general economy there is a depression going on. There is damn little money out there. This is the worst small business environment we have seen in 60 years. Ah well, people that retire die of boredom! Can’t have that can we. 😎 pg

  4. tallbloke says:

    PG: Keep on truckin’ 🙂