Taxes on childlessness?

mccell By mccell, 16th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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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

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.


Angela Merkel, Cdu, Childlessness, Children, Family, Germany, Government, Taxes

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Studying IT at the University of Hannover.Member of the Green Party. My writing will Focus on Politics.

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author avatar Denise O
17th Feb 2012 (#)

We might differ on some things but, one thing that we for sure agree on is, the unfair tax to be put on anyone for not having children. I just never! Good for Merkel for going against her party. What fools! Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Open door immigration policy is such a touchy issue anywhere. Japan is an ageing society but wants to preserve homogeneity even at the cost of declining population that is keeping its economy at standstill for many years now. Thanks for a bringing up a topical issue - siva

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Taxing on childlessness sounds somewhat strange to me.

But that's the fact.

I wonder how it would be if the most populous nations tax their citizens for having more children!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Feb 2012 (#)

What an insightful expose' about a truly ridiculous law. Rathna I seriously concur. Thank you for sharing an intriguing article.

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author avatar Carolan
19th Feb 2012 (#)

This is a very interesting and important piece Rathna. And like Tranquilpen, I seriously concur...thank you

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author avatar Buzz
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Great start. Welcome to Wikinut.

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author avatar NancyG in TN
20th Feb 2012 (#)

good article, no fair to tax someone because of being childless!

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
27th Feb 2012 (#)

Punishment for not having children and further punishment for couples who cannot have children *shakes head and sighs* sometimes I wonder if there is a stupidity class for politions somewhere. Nice read though thank you.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
4th Mar 2012 (#)

You have highlighted an issue which is debatable. It must be conceded there are two sides to a coin, and both parties for and against the tax have valid points in their cases. You cannot blame a country if it wants to retain its cultural integrity.

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author avatar Teila
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Look forward to following your articles. Very nicely done.

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