Merz reprimands: Finance Minister knocks out money as if there was no tomorrow
The CDU politician, Friedrich Merz, who is running for party chairmanship, reprimands Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) for financing the state’s Corona aid through historically high debts. “The finance minister is currently pulling out the money as if there was no tomorrow. Our children will have to pay for all of this, ”said Merz of“ Bild am Sonntag ”. It is imperative to be careful with taxpayers’ money even in the corona crisis. Admittedly, it was correct to release the debt brake of the Basic Law this year. “But releasing a brake doesn’t have to mean rushing down the mountain at full throttle.”
In the first half of the year, according to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office, the federal, state, municipal and social security funds spent 51.6 billion euros more than they received. According to forecasts, economic output is likely to plummet by 5.8 percent this year. This not only causes trade and sales tax to collapse, but also income tax because of the drastic short-time work.
Merz is also critical of the federal government’s decision to extend short-time allowance until the end of 2021. “Short-time work allowance is there to overcome a crisis in the short term. If it is paid too long, there is a risk of blocking the job market, ”said Merz. “Then employees who are urgently needed in other companies will be held in their old companies with short-time work.”
With a view to protests against the state corona measures, Merz demanded more willingness to talk from the federal government: “Above all, politics must take the existential fears of many people seriously. Many protest against the restrictions on their freedoms, that is a legitimate concern that politicians have to grapple with. “The limit is always reached when violence, trespassing and attacks on police officers are added.
About the demonstrators who protested against the Corona measures, the CDU politician said: “There are conspiracy theorists, left-wing radicals and right-wing radicals, a colorful people, of whom one can probably reach very few. But there are at least as many among them who can and should be won over for a serious discussion. “