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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Colleagues! The financial year 2021, like the current year, will be determined by the corona crisis. We already took on significant debt this year to cope with the corona crisis in society and the economy.

The draft of the Federal Minister of Finance sees for 2021

(Otto Fricke [FDP]: The coalition!)

a further borrowing of 96 billion euros. Ladies and gentlemen, from a regulatory point of view, I see the piling up of such mountains of debt with great concern; because debts are the poison of a state economy.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

The comparison with the financial crisis of 2009 is fundamentally wrong, because back then we frozen consumer household spending, which is not happening today.

In view of the figures in the draft budget, compliance with the debt brake from 2022 is at great risk. In the medium-term financial planning until 2024 there is a structural gap of more than 131 billion euros. At the same time, spending is increasing.

(Otto Fricke [FDP]: Well, that’s a government decision!)

The social budget devours 51 percent of the total budget.

(Acclamation from Abg. Otto Fricke [FDP])

Ladies and gentlemen, medium-term financial planning – I would like to emphasize this – does not tolerate any additional burdens. Ladies and gentlemen, the expenditure and income side of a household must always be reconciled. This is the only way to ensure the permanent ability to act and thus the future of our country.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP)

And ladies and gentlemen, anyone who incurs large debts today should also be able to explain how they intend to repay them tomorrow.

(Dr. Gesine Lötzsch [DIE LINKE]: Exactly! I’m curious about that!)

Starting a tax increase debate in the current situation, as Mr Scholz did, is, cautiously, absolutely counterproductive, ladies and gentlemen. It only creates more uncertainty among business and consumers, who, however, need planning security in order to invest in order to consume, ladies and gentlemen. What we urgently need are not tax hike debates, but more growth. Without growth, we will not achieve the consolidation goals.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

We need a smart, innovative and regulatory strategy of the social market economy so that we gain confidence and prospects in the economy, so that short-time work does not lead to more unemployment, so that the federal, state and local government’s tax revenues rise again.

What we need, ladies and gentlemen, are reforms that pursue our permanent goal, which is based on the “3 times 40” formula: 40 percent state rate, 40 percent tax rate, 40 percent social security rate. Unfortunately, we are far from that.

(Shouting from Abig. Sven-Christian Kindler [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

It must be our goal to achieve that again, ladies and gentlemen. For this we need the incentives of a tax reform.

It is also not possible for cum / ex tax fraudsters to become statute-barred.

(Applause from members of the LEFT)

Tax evasion cases with a volume of 50 billion euros threaten to expire, ladies and gentlemen. That can not be. We need a law quickly. As part of the amendment to the Annual Tax Act, this must be clarified in the tax code. That has to be done, otherwise we will make things easier for these tax evaders; that can not be.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP as well as from members of the LEFT and MP Albrecht Glaser [AfD])

We finally need the end of the soli, which is constitutionally highly questionable anyway. It doesn’t make sense to support a craftsmen’s company with VAT subsidies, but at the same time let them pay the solos. That’s absurd, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the FDP and from members of the CDU / CSU)

This can not be. I can only explain it this way: You can see that this is illogical, but that you need someone to pillory as a corporation,

(Lothar Binding [Heidelberg] [SPD]: “Put in the pillory”? No!)

and that’s the little craftsman with his GmbH. But that is absolutely counterproductive, ladies and gentlemen.

We therefore also need a change in corporate tax law. 70 percent of the middle class, the middle class companies are partnerships, and they are burdened too high compared to the corporations. That is distortion of competition.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP)

We want to strengthen partnerships; because these are the family businesses that are still personally liable for the jobs they create, the willingness to take risks.

(Otto Fricke [FDP]: If you were to rule with your party now! – MEPs from the AfD and the FDP)

I will conclude, Mr President. – We need a burden moratorium. It is not the state, but the entrepreneurial strength and motivation of our employees that create the growth that we need. We need stability and a clear course for the social market economy.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP – Lothar Binding [Heidelberg] [SPD]: That’s why we’re saving the companies now! So that they survive!)


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