Taxes on childlessness?
Several young CDU delegates proposed a tax on childless citizens of Germany. In this text I discuss the implications this tax might have. Is there a better alternative?
- Chancellor of Germany opposes plan of young CDU delegates
- An unwelcome necessity?
- Better alternative: Immigration
Chancellor of Germany opposes plan of young CDU delegates
After universal resentment by opposition parties German chancellor Angela Merkel has come out against the childless tax proposed by a group of young members of her own party.
The group of of young Christian democrats headed by Marco Wanderwitz had previously raised eyebrows with their proposal to tax people over 25 Years of age, if they are childless.
An unwelcome necessity?
The tax rate would have been 1% of the annual income and was intended to be used as a stabilizing factor for the broke social security and health care system, which have yet to adjust to the demographic changes within the population. It was also intended to dampen the demographic changes by making giving birth to children more attractive.
Opposing parties, however, argue that penalties won't significantly raise the birth rate. Furthermore, the tax would unfairly punish families, who are unintentionally childless, adding insult to injury for biologically disadvantaged adults.
Both sides of the political spectrum are disregarding the fact that the worlds population is over 7 billion people and steadily rising. The environment cannot handle these vast amount of people spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and using up the worlds precious resources.
If we truly wanted to reach our 2-degree goal stated in the Kyoto Protocol we would have to reduce carbon emissions to 2.7 tons per person and year. The average annual emissions of one German citizen, however, total 11 tons of carbon dioxide.
Better alternative: Immigration
Considering that even a 2-degree rise in global temperatures would have devastating effects on human life and taking into account that many growing economies have not yet reached their peak in emissions, the need for an alternative to increasing the birth rate is as imminent as it is simple. As birth rates in developing countries are high enough to support social security systems in Europe, there is no need for the restrictive immigration policy of Germany.
More young immigrants would be mutually beneficial to developing and industrialized countries, who seem to experience contrary demographic effects. Fair immigration guidelines would support the image of a more open minded Germany, which has been weakened by the recent NSU terror and Angela Merkel's economic "warfare" on other European countries.
As a citizen of the world, who happened to be born in Germany, I would appreciate a more open society that sees immigrants not as a burden on the national economy, but as people. This new proposal is just one indication for the long way Germany has to go towards leaving its past behind and becoming an open and free country.