Overwhelming social reform or wrong incentives? CDU Vice Kirsten Linnemann explains in “An Will” why the union is fighting the government’s citizen finance plan.
- Kevin Kuhnert, SPD general secretary
- Katja Kipping (at die link), Berlin’s senator for labor and social affairs
- Kirsten Linnemann, Deputy CDU Chairman
- Clemens Fuest, President of the IFO Institute
- Nelle Thonessen, Social Worker
Great social and political hopes depend on the allowance of citizens planned by the Traffic Light Coalition. While the victims are expecting an urgent need for inflation adjustment, the SPD is hoping for a fundamental revision of the Hertz Act from the innovation planned for January.
“The problem is that the SPD agenda wants to roll back the 2010 reforms,” said CDU Vice President Kirsten Linnemann on Ann Will’s talk show “Less pressure, more money – is the income for new citizens fair?” To the social democrats. They wanted to abandon the policy of propaganda and demands included in the move by then-SPD Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and abandon the possibility of sanctions. “It’s like a football game without yellow and red cards. You lose acceptance,” complained the conservative on ARD on Sunday evening.
In the previous Hertz IV system, only three percent of benefit recipients were penalized for dropping out or refusing, countered SPD general secretary Kevin Kuhnert Linnemann. “They are willing to admit that out of 100 unemployed people the other 97 are portrayed as listless idiots who don’t want to try,” the SPD politician accused his fellow CDU panelists. Kuhnert’s conclusion: “You want to make a cheap political point.”
Left-wing politician Katja Kipping also had some criticism of Linnemann’s position. His team strives for a negative dynamic and stigmatizes victims and their children. “Unions stick to the cardboard mates of the supposedly lazy unemployed like climate glue to asphalt. And that’s destructive,” was Kipping’s verdict.
Left politician Kipping warned against making concessions to the SPD
Berlin’s labor and social affairs senator warned the SPD not to go too far in accepting the CDU/CSU’s demands for changes to the citizens’ allowance draft. “We’ve said now that what the traffic lights suggest is not enough for us, but we don’t want to stop this small improvement,” Kipping said. However, the left in the Bundesrat will look closely at the issue if the union removes measures to cut bureaucracy and social security.
Federal government problem: Without the support of the Bundesrat’s union-led states, the citizens’ income will not come. During his TV appearance, Linman reiterated his party’s position that approval is subject to adjustment. “We have a different mindset than Mrs. Keeping,” noted the chairman of the CDU’s Program and Policy Committee.
Union is about personal responsibility, without which the future cannot be won. “Somehow a whole broader mindset is emerging,” said the Christian Democrat, referring to the government’s plans and changes in political culture. “Money doesn’t fall from the sky, and we have to do the work ourselves. And that’s what we’re counting on, and when the traffic lights are ready, we’ll join,” Linnemann summarized the CDU position.
Despite everything, SPD representative Kuhnert did not want to admit that the initial situation was a “kind of dilemma”, as moderator Anne Will put it. “It’s democracy,” he offered as an explanation instead.