And the lies and double speak continue. In Germany we have been living with one particular lie since reunification in 1990. It was called the "solidarity tax", currently at 5.5 % of your income tax (split by employer and employee, it's complicated...), and it was supposed to have been just for a few years to enable the newly aquired...
(let us remember, it was not a proper reunification, for that would have mandated a vote by all Germans, and we couldn't have that. Just as we couldn't have a vote on the Euro. The reason in both instances? They would have failed the vote. Better to do that shit in backrooms, eh? Instead of being forced to make a compelling case to the public. Because that would require work)
... East Germany to get back on its feet. Well, it's 20 years later, the solidarity tax continues. The first lesson? If a state, any state comes up with a tax, it will never go away. After all, there is still a luxury tax on champagne (sparkling wine, or as we call it, "Sekt"), which initially had been invented to build a German navy... by Emperor Willhelm II! Two world wars and more than a hundred years ago! Yes, class. The German Reich loved that tax. The Weimar Republic. Hitler's Nazi Germany. The Federal Republic. The Reunified Germany.
And now out current Treasury Secretary – in secret of course, but now leaked – wants to not only not abolish that "solidarity tax", nope, he wants to expand it.
Because who can say anything against solidarity?
It's supposed to rise from 5.5% of your income to 8%.
And before – as they usually do – some retard comes out and says, but uh, that's only a 2.5 % hike, that ain't too bad. Hello, retard. Go back to school. It's called math.
A hike from 5.5% to 8% is...?
Yes, it's a 45 percent hike.
For a tax that shouldn't even be there anymore, that was supposed to have a built-in deadline that has been extended and extended and extended. That has its monetary flow no longer tied to a proper target. Its money simply goes into the federal budget, with our lovely, corrupt politicians to determine where it goes. Hey, do I see another bank bailout coming? Or maybe our "Kill Afghanistan For Democracy" war effort? No, psst, don't call it a war. A war would have to be declared, and the German consitution doesn't allow to go to war, unless it is a war of self-defense on either our own turf or to come to the aid of NATO countries if they are being attacked on their turf.
And before somebody puts me in the "tea bagger" column, I am not against taxes. Not at all. If they are being used for good. And by good I mean education, infrastructure...
...shit, have you seen German roads lately? I can tell you this, Adolf could not have tanks rolling anywhere on these roads anymore! Don't worry anymore, Europe! We would not be able to get our troops anywhere on these roads. You are safe, finally! Instead of fixing them? They now put warning signs next to them. Sorry, people. Drive 30 km/h or less, otherwise the road might seriously harm your car...
...and investments into new, forward-thinking technologies. See, we don't have natural resources, so we need to harvest our own intellectual strengths. And funnel money into that. But no, we don't have money for any of this. We only have money to fight wars, to bail out banks, to gift multinational corporations that are too big to fail.
Hey, brother, how about it?
How about a little solidarity?
A bit more?
A lot more?
45 percent more?
Just don't count on their solidarity if you yourself fall on hard times.
We don't have the money for that.