MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! Dear colleagues! Save time, so you have in times of need – that’s how my parents taught me. And, ladies and gentlemen, we have had good times in recent years, ten years since the last economic and financial crisis, and we have used this time to reorganize our national budget.
(Laughter from Stephan Brandner [AfD])
It was not easy. But in the years from 2010 onwards we reduced the new debt bit by bit in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and then from 2014 we did not incur any new debt. If it had been up to us, the CSU, we could have used this time to repay debts. But, ladies and gentlemen, that’s spilled milk. The good times are over.
(Anja Hajduk [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: You should have invested more!)
The need is now, and the need is great. We are living in the greatest economic crisis, we are living in the greatest health crisis since World War II. And we have prepared for this very time. We now have the financial strength to counteract this with large support measures and aid programs. Our goal is to get out of this crisis stronger and, if possible, even stronger than we went into it.
But, ladies and gentlemen, in order to maintain this strength in the long term, we have to get back on the path of virtue – consolidation and black zero – as quickly as possible when times get better again. For this reason and for that reason, one of the smartest decisions made in this House was the introduction of the debt brake.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
It literally forces us on this path. That is good and it is important because it will be difficult, even for a new government, because it will be exhausting.
Getting in debt, spending money is always easier than saving money. As a precaution, the SPD has already decided: We want to overcome the debt brake.
(Shouting from Abig. Dennis Rohde [SPD])
My colleagues, that is the wrong answer. The correct answer would be: We have to comply with the debt brake again, and as quickly as possible.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
It’s not just an economic question – I know the discussion among all the scientists –
(Call from the SPD: Now say where you want to save!)
but above all it is also a question of trust, namely towards our citizens. When they see – and that also scares us ourselves – how we are dealing with money at the moment, how billions are being handled in this crisis, all of which can be well justified, then we have to send them the signal from here too that once the crisis is over, we will stop so that we can get back on the path of consolidation. And that’s why the debt brake is important. We as the CDU / CSU stand by our debt brake.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU – laughter from members of the LEFT – Dr. Gesine Lötzsch [DIE LINKE]: Regarding “our” debt brake? – Steffi Lemke [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS]: Say “Fetish”!)
Ladies and gentlemen, I would also like to say a word about the AfD’s proposal. In your application you deny that we are living in a national emergency. They do not blame the virus for the economic slump, but rather an overreaction by the state.
(Shout from the AfD: That’s how it is!)
You write that if there were enough intensive capacities, we would have no problem. I tell you: if the virus had a vote, it would vote for the AfD.
(Dr. Diether Dehm [DIE LINKE]: Far too many voices!)
With your mood, with the trivialization of the consequences,
(Shout from the AfD: It’s like in kindergarten!)
With the contempt for the measures, with the denial of scientific knowledge, with the spread of conspiracy theories, you create exactly the environment in which the virus spreads.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU – Dr. Konstantin von Notz [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: He’s right!)
And you know that, but you do it anyway. You’re smart, at least in part.
(Contradiction with the SPD and with BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN – Marianne Schieder [SPD]: Well, let’s not exaggerate!)
But why are you doing this? Because you need the division of society for your business model. But anyone who pisses you off is at a higher risk of infection. Anyone who picks you up represents a danger to yourself and others. That is irresponsible. That is why I wish for 2021 that we not only overcome the corona crisis, but that the AfD also succeeds in disappearing from this Bundestag again.
Thank you for your attention.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.