“I hadn’t even thought of the word ‘recession,’” said Sarah, a Detroit native who has lived in Germany on and off since college.
“Because we had two (in quick succession), I could take six years off and have a safe job,” said Sarah, who will probably stay home until 8-month-old Noah is three.”
It is funny how MSNBC spends almost two pages listing the amazing benefits of Germany’s social net and it only takes the final 3 paragraphs to describe the costs. And they only talk about “taxes on average worker”, which basically means nothing since the system is very progressive. (see a list of taxes and fees here – they have immigrant taxes, and even have a “church tax” for Catholics and Protestants!)
And by the way, this argument that safety nets replace stimulus spending on recessions is pure and simply false. Just look at what Merkel is doing now. Also, note that she was elected in a platform of cutting taxes and regulations. Unless they found some magic Deutschland cake tree this will mean some sort of benefit cut or larger deficit. If everybody in German society was really fine with their system such a thing would never happen.
But what is really scary to me in this whole thing is how people can ignore the basics. Does anyone really believe that a system that allows for “safe jobs”, “working less hours for the same pay”, and “free everything” can really work? I mean, would I work as hard as I do if I knew for sure that my family welfare is totally guaranteed?