2008年10月24日 星期五

取消生果金吧!

左翼政客大「大聲疾呼」,要求加生果金至一千元,蘋果日報精神分裂,今天報導一免費讓長者食粥的人的「善舉」,藉此批評曾蔭權要審查過長者的入息和資產才給生果金是無良。

生果金本來就是英國左翼人士麥理浩當政時期的產物:一九七二年底,政府出版《Social Welfare in Hong Kong: The way ahead》的白皮書以及一份五年計劃。聽到五年計劃,難令我等自由市場支持者不想起共產黨。白皮書論及很多細節,其中一項建議便是設立傷殘津貼和生果金。那時生果金叫Infirmity Allowance,後來則改稱Old Age Allowance。但設立傷殘津貼和生果的原意,根據麥理浩的講法,只是"provide cash in hand for the handicapped and the aged to enable them to meet better the extra expense of their particular needs." (一九七五年十月八日施政報告)。

左翼政客抬出「敬老」的幌子,指責曾蔭權引入入息和資產審查是無良和不道德。他們更指,很多長者不願拿綜援,所以只拿生果金。有些長者則因與家人同住而無法申請綜援。左翼政客口口聲聲說政府要敬老,但筆者要問一句:為什麼那些與子女同住的「耆英」沒有人「敬」,是不是他們對子女不好?卻又要三九唔識七的納稅人「敬」?

也有人說長者為社會「貢獻」了幾十年,所以社會應回饋他們。難道他們在香港工作了幾十年都是義工?而且如果這個講法成立的話,每月只給一千蚊這班「貢獻了香港幾十年的長者」,是否反而很無良?政客又是否同意要讓長者「舒舒服服」地安享晚年,例如每人每月發給一萬元生活費(即每年一千二百億元,等於現時政府半年開支)!

好了,至於那些所謂「不願拿綜援」的長者,筆者要問一句,耆英無知,不知生果金叫「公共福利金」計劃,但政客總是識字的──雖然總有少數例外──難道這些政客覺得生果金不是「福利」?他們真的以為那是「敬老」?Come on。

其實,生果金與綜援同是福利,白吃白喝怎可能不是福利?況且,張大把口的政客,卻從不會計數,或不想計數:錢從何來?這樣用錢,是不是最能善用稅款的方法?難怪彭定康在其《東方與西方》內,暗寸香港的政客不現實,既要求減稅,又要求增加福利。

還是,其實這些所謂「不願靠綜援」的耆英,根本不是這麼窮,將錢都收進了床下底的餅罐?看看雷曼迷你債券的那班苦主吧。一個著件爛底衫的屋村亞伯,可以有 過百萬元投進雷曼的迷你債券。在鏡頭面前大喊要加生果金那一班,說不定手持大量匯豐股票,每月股票收入多過很多打工仔,才無法申請綜援。公帑難道真是有錢無地使?

參考:《漫談取消生果金》

22 則留言:

匿名 提到...

"其實這些所謂「不願靠綜援」的耆英,根本不是這麼窮"

閣下真的不知民間疾苦啊! 祇要用心觀察, 不難知道香港真的有著數以萬計的「不願靠綜援」的耆英, 過著非常貧苦的生活, 他們許多的而且確靠執紙皮鋁罐維生.

藍天蔚 提到...

匿名:

不要以為以執紙皮鋁罐為生的耆英一定好窮。你說我不知民間疾苦,你有沒有做過清潔工人?我就做過。做清潔工人,生活比你們想像中好得多。你們用你們的生活水準去量度他人的收入,當然有問題。其實,到你自己收入少了時,你就會發覺,很多東西,其實都係「唔等駛」。

對著電視機講的,不一定是真話。任何人對著電視說的話,都不會百分百真。

藍天蔚

米仔 提到...

藍天兄真是很理性思考的人,文章完全合乎因果律,無錢點派生果金,錢從何來,從納稅人來也。
米仔我有少少意見,希望藍天兄過目…理性真的很重要,尤其係對待金錢問題上,不過人之所以係人,唔係但有理性的呢,重有人性感性,人與人之間的關係千絲萬縷…
如果淨係考慮錢用得係咪適當,那當然無話可說,不過做人唔係淨係睇錢ge,如果自己有本事的話,當做下善事又何妨,唔好理老人家本身有無錢,有無出過力,稍微敬下老都可以ge…老啦6x幾啦,好多人都無幾年囉…
又話者講白D,令老人的生話更輕鬆快樂一點點…其實大家都唔係領生果金的每一位當事人,又點知真實情況如何?如果一下就將所有老人講成不值得幫助的人,說話說得太死好像也不太客觀吧?:-)
希望藍天兄就事論事之際,多D開放心胸,多角度思考,想必藍兄的人生也會更為快樂吧…

藍天蔚 提到...

米仔:

經濟正是講如何善用有限資源的知識。如果資源無限,唔止派比耆英,全港市民唔打工大家齊等政府派米都可以。正因為羊毛出自羊身上,說得慷慨如李卓人之流,永遠不回答錢從何來的問題,彷如這並非問題,那是騙人之舉。

一如我在早前的文章所指,經濟分析是一回事,政治決定是另一回事,但是理性點看的話,生果金引入入息或資產審查,令資源用在最有需要的市民身上,有什麼錯?

藍天蔚

湛江人 提到...

蓝先生您好,我来自中国湛江市的年轻人,懂得很少,偶然的来到了您的blog,首先很佩服您坚持每天更新您的blog,也长了不少见识,佩服您的渊博知识,觉得这是一个了解香港很好的一个blog.

字里行间都透露着您对大陆的歧视与排斥.不管怎样,我没有什么comment,因为每个人都有他的自由.您也不容易啊,那么多苦水要倾诉,但愿您可以继续写blog写得开心,骂得淋漓尽致.也希望能有那么一天,您会觉得您口中的大陆其实也有好的地方.

藍天蔚 提到...

湛江人:

謝。
中國什麼都好,就只是共產黨存在不好。

藍天蔚

湛江人 提到...

哈哈,GCD很多时候确实是bullshit,但我往往再深入想想,就发现其实天涯乌鸦一般黑,我觉得任何一个执政党都是一个意思,都是少数人从多数人身上谋利益.人性自私险恶的一面是绝对存在的,政党也是由人组成,我觉得都是一样,作为普通百姓,关键是做到审时度势,保全自己.

另外想问问梁振英到底是个什么样的人,你觉得他要是做了HK SAR特首之后,会对戴德梁行带来什么好处.我也是昨天才刚发现原来CY Leung搞了一个这么漂亮的个人网站,比戴德梁行的网站好多了,他不可能无端端搞个这样的网页.

米仔 提到...

我係米仔呀,學你開左個Blog:-)
集中資源幫有需要的人係無錯架,我的意思係在有足夠盈餘的情況下,可以考慮再關照埋其他老人家呀~中間的金額呀方法呀可以再商量嘛,關鍵係市民要保有守望相助的心呀~

藍天蔚 提到...

湛江人:

對不起,不同意你的見解。

藍天蔚

藍天蔚 提到...

米仔:

來年有赤字呀,當政府沒有盈餘時,市民又贊不贊成取消生果金呢?你問左翼的政客,有盈餘時他們說要「還富於民」,有赤字時,他們說,基層市民生活更苦,而且減了福利也無助紓緩龐大赤字,所以福利不能減!

這不叫守望相助,這叫乜都佢講晒。

藍天蔚

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