The Future of Hartz IV: The Fatal Promise of a Social Paradise

The Future of Hartz IV: The Fatal Promise of a Social Paradise

opinion The future of Harz IV

A fatal promise from a social paradise

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“The Crown Crisis offers social fanatics a pleasant background,” says Dorothea Siems.

Source: Claudius Pflug

There is a race for the most generous social promises in the 2021 super-election: the Greens and the Left Party want to increase Hartz IV. But a state that unconditionally distributes generous cash payments will by no means attract only hard-working migrant workers.

D.the future of the Hartz IV will be a major theme of the campaign this year. The Greens are using the first week of the session in the Bundestag to make a proposal for a massive expansion of social benefits. Like the left-wing party, the Eco-party is demanding an increase in the standard rate by a third to about 600 euros.

To this end, the lifting of all sanctions is required, as well as the waiver of asset verification and the crediting of partners ’income. At the initiative of the Greens to “guarantee protection” as an entry into the unconditional basic income began the race for the most generous social promises in the 2021 super-election.

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The Crown Crisis, which is also causing acute existential problems for millions of people in this country, offers supporters of the social space a pleasant backdrop that allows the welfare of the state to go to extremes. Consideration of financiers is considered unnecessary in the politically left-wing camp. In terms of the tax burden for average workers around the world, Germany is already at the top after Belgium. And for companies, the Federal Republic of Germany is also a country with a high tax and, accordingly, negatively affects the growth potential.

As reasonable as it is now in a crisis to generously facilitate access to Hartz IV, for example for self-employed soloists or artists because they cannot do their job because of a pandemic, it would be careless to abandon the principle of “challenge” and support forever ”.

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Because the welfare state, which degrades service providers to milking cows, does not provide security but creates deadly incentives that pose a danger to the entire system. This is especially true in an open economy. Because a state that unconditionally distributes generous cash payments will in no way attract only hard-working migrant workers with its reputation as a social paradise.

The Harz reforms carried out by the red-green Schroeder government after the turn of the millennium have made a decisive contribution to the disappearance of mass unemployment in Germany, in contrast to Southern Europe. But not only the Greens, but the Social Democrats today are ashamed of the path that was right then.

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