Cold-hearted and withdrawn? : Spahn is in Hartz IV debate right – that could be his fate
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When it became known that the Essener Tafel no longer wants to spend food on refugees, because other Tafel customers allegedly disturbed by their behavior, the fronts were quickly clear: the one brand the volunteers in Essen as xenophobes.
The others suddenly discovered their hearts for German pensioners and single parents and found themselves confirmed in their prejudices against refugees. Jens Spahn would actually have been suspected in the latter group, after all, the designated health minister feels threatened by sporadic burka carriers or English speaking operations. Instead, just said the otherwise so cleverly juggling with fear Spahn in an interview with the newspapers of the spark media group, the topic was not suitable for headlines – and tried to make a contribution to the objectification of the debate: He made it clear that the panels Make sure food is not thrown away and help people who need to be aware of every euro. “But nobody would have to go hungry in Germany if the tables did not exist. We have one of the best social systems in the world. “And further:” Hartz IV does not mean poverty, but is the response of our community of solidarity to poverty. “With the basic security” everyone has what he needs to live. ” Criticism even from its own ranks Spahn is right. In Germany, the “socio-cultural subsistence minimum” is secured, that is: Everyone receives from the state the income that is at least necessary, so that he can participate in social life. These include the cost of food and clothing, but also for leisure or education. And yet Spahn is taking a big risk with his statement. The indignation of the other parties promptly followed: “Mr. Spahn apparently did not pay enough attention in the coalition negotiations. There are simply areas where we see: Despite Hartz IV, people are not doing well, and we want to get there, “Lars Klingbeil told him about his future coalition partner SPD , Greens boss Annalena Baerbock accused him to rise above arms. The left Chancellor Merkel even urged not to make Spahn health minister as planned.
And even from within his own ranks, there was cautious criticism: “I always warn people when people who, like him or like me, earn well, try to explain how Hartz IV should feel,” he said CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Ironically, just at the moment when Spahn does not build up a marginal phenomenon (like the vanishingly small number of female burka-bearers in Germany) about the fateful question of our society, the wave of outrage hits him. In the video: State must take two things seriously: So Spahn wants to regain AfD voters
This time he has found a real taboo for a change The reason: This time, Spahn has picked out the wrong ones. Not because the poor or those at risk of poverty are a politically influential group. But because no politician wants to be said to treat this group from the top down. So far, Spahn scored with alleged taboos on topics where it was already clear that his followers will find them good. Now he has found one of the last real taboos in politics: Poor Germans can be ignored or put off with political placebo, but they should not be criticized. Westerwelle and Beck were in a similar trap Guido Westerwelle had to experience this as well. The then Foreign Minister stated in 2010 a “frivolity in dealing with the idea of performance” and warned: “Who promises the people effortless prosperity, invites late Roman decadence.” He also pointed as Spahn that the money for social benefits should be developed by the taxpayers , Westerwelle was heavily criticized, the phrase “late Roman decadence” stuck to him like dog waste on the shoe sole. Even Kurt Beck did not do himself a political favor, as he countered in 2006 to the allegations of a Hartz IV receiver in a marketplace, the man does not look as if he had worked a lot in his life, and advised him: “If You wash and shave, you have a job in three weeks “. When it came to his suitability as a federal politician, the incident was a counter-argument.
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Now Spahn threatens to fall into the same trap, even if he did not work as awkwardly as Westerwelle and Beck did. If he does not pay attention, he may soon be clinging to the image of the cold-hearted and detached neo-liberal whom the lives of the “little people” are not interested in. His critics could make it as easy as Spahn in many other debates. It will be interesting to see whether Spahn is deterred or not. Now he can show if he really cares about the plaintext – or just the kind of plaintext for which there is applause. In the video: “Only then he is right”: welfare association boss agrees Spahn Hartz IV statement not quite