February 23, 2010

POWER WATCH: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR

Das bezahlte Referat für die Liechtensteiner Bank ist juristisch wohl nicht zu beanstanden - den Vortrag hatte Westerwelle, wie vom Gesetz vorgeschrieben, als "entgeltliche Tätigkeit neben dem Mandat" offiziell deklariert. Politisch ist sein Auftritt dennoch brisant.

Der Vortrag in Zürich wirft einen Schatten auf die Rolle der FDP in der aktuellen Debatte um den umstrittenen Ankauf weiterer CDs mit den Daten deutscher Steuersünder. Bislang hielt sich Westerwelle in dieser Angelegenheit auffällig zurück. Indirekt kritisierte er den Ankauf der Daten: Zwar sei Steuerhinterziehung "kein Kavaliersdelikt", erklärte er, aber dennoch dürfe sich der Staat "nicht zum Mittäter von Dieben" machen.

Der Vortrag war längst nicht die einzige Nebeneinkunft Westerwelles. Insgesamt meldete er dem Bundestag 35 Vorträge, die nach der sogenannten "Stufe 3" bezahlt wurden und die Westerwelle demnach jeweils mehr als 7000 Euro einbrachten. Zusammengerechnet kassierte der Liberale in der vergangenen Legislaturperiode neben seinen regulären Bezügen mindestens 245.000 Euro für Vorträge für Wirtschaftsunternehmen, Verbände oder Agenturen. Darunter die Privatbank Sal. Oppenheim, die Maritim Hotelgesellschaft oder das Congress Hotel Seepark im schweizerischen Thun.
And now we know which kind of people our current Vice-Chancellor really loves, who paid more than 245,000 Euro for his "lectures". According to Der Spiegel, hell, one of them was a bank that bunkered tax evasion money! Now, now... we shouldn't come with prejudices, no, we should judge him.

Oh, wait, we can't. Because legally you cannot harm him. Isn't it good when you can write the laws yourself that make immoral behaviour, even illegal behaviour that threatens to destroy the constitution and the foundation of your democracy... legal?

Isn't that just the best?

That's incidentally why you are not legally allowed to call such..."lectures" corruption, hey, it's just meet'n'greets, we love the guy, we and him, we're thick as thieves. Oh, wait, can't say that either, unless you might want to wind up having a meeting yourself, with the StaSchu, because nobody is allowed to say something bad about our elite in public. They might misinterpret that as an insult to their office. The StaSchu is the special branch of the police that deals exclusively with threats to the state. Apparently, an insult can be seen as a threat. So can be telling the truth.

Hm. StaSchu. StaSi. SS. Strange, from a purely linguistic point of view, how all German special branches since the 30s of the 20th century come with that double S, isn't it?

Perhaps the Ministry for Doublespeak should look into that. But anyway...

Isn't it awesome? Isn't it special?

Yes, boys and girls, that's what this is. Special. Special interests. Interests that go against the common interests, all the while that very same man went around Germany and convinced lower middle-class and middle-class voters that his party would stand up for them! I wonder how screwed a lot of them feel right now, barely a little more than 100 days after they voted him in.