December 3rd, 2010
The coalition agreement is . “? Pinch the FDP” The question is therefore, but – I beg your indulgence for pathos – bad news for liberalism and economic freedom in Germany (see also my article “The misery of the FPD” in the FAS of 26 October.I do not want to again open the whole sorry barrel, but are only three points for debate.
1 The FDP has a critique of neoliberalism as much to heart that she is with flying colors in the army of the benefactors of the people overflowed. “We are not social danger,” said Guido Westerwelle stated for the record. State money for all, plus a pinch of Cockaigne, is the social ideal of this style of economic policy. It is a world that is based on the “ideal of comfortable indoor feeding.” This is the FDP succeeded the feat to remain faithful to their own tradition of clientelism and expand both her cornucopia, with the privileges it grants to groups that she has not been considered. This enabled the pharmacists lobby the fence for their industry again tighter weave: Cautious liberalization through the introduction of retail outlets for drugs in drug stores to be closed again. At the same time get all the possible individual donations groups: farmers, families, Hartz IV recipients, innkeepers. Not everything has been pushed by the FDP. Nothing has prevented it. It reveals a picture of the state, based on cornucopia and watering can. Everyone is allowed to sponsor their favorite groups generously, is the motto. I call the “social democratic clientelism.” With liberalism has nothing more to do. The historian Hans Rosenberg said – based on Bismarck's welfare state model – from “collective mass bribery”.
Was considered far too little of that second “umbrella to protect workers during the crisis,” which will stretch black and yellow, and to be fed with about 60 billion €. The project became insane so far only as a fiscal sleight wanted attention, but black and yellow impose the costs of a shadow budget in order to undermine the debt brake. This is off the table. But the “umbrella” is still considered the heart of the coalition agreement, just as if the crisis is still raging, but all indicators point where the fact that we are at the beginning of an upswing. Westerwelle says explicitly what the banks should be quite, to the employees that the debt crisis would not be cheap. The first shows that Westerwelle, the special role of systemic bank rescue may not understand, because he thinks only in terms of clientelism: When bankers get the money, the employee must also receive money. Worse still is that the FDP has now adopted a liberal labor market policies and favors a Keynesian labor market policy. Instead of loosening protections against layoffs and cut the minimum wage in the garbage, now spans the FDP with a lot of money shields and uses it in the unasked budgets of their citizens.
So we are
3 at the central scandal of this coalition agreement. the shameless expropriation of future generations, which markets itself as a liberal concept relief You have stimulus packages, tax cuts and education benefits, which are rapidly € 150 billion. Even the greatest friends of the Laffer curve will struggle to calculate from a positive growth effect, with the whole of the invisible hand eventually self-funded. Therefore, it is probably time to ask the obvious bias among liberals' pro-tax cut “to the question. If politicians want to spare their citizens the cost of living by being the bill for the “rescue” hold back, then in default risk. Shall be liable for the consequences of this crisis, others say the bad news. So today just repeats the same irresponsibility that led to the crisis: lack of adhesion. The crisis is not clean, but moral decay. The FDP is not responsible for it all alone. But she has to answer for the decline of liberalism.