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FDP secretary general lindner stands by westerwelle, but even within the FDP voices against the brash dismantling of the welfare state are growing
It’s not so bad when the conservative newspapers offer the liberals a platform to make their mark with pointed remarks – or do they have the perfidious ulterior motive of harming them in the process, since the CDU/CSU is noticeably distancing itself from its coalition partner?? First, FDP leader westerwelle was allowed to talk in springer’s world of "effortless prosperity" of hartz IV recipients and spatromic, but nevertheless socialist decadence, now the FAZ has opened the stage for christian lindner, the general secretary of the FDP, for a guest contribution. Lindner takes the opportunity, although not directly like his party friend martin lindner to explicitly propose a lowering of hartz IV benefits, but with his propagated "activating burger money" (this sentence has been changed, d. Red.).
Lindner comes to the aid of the beleaguered party leader, albeit with a little better made-up rhetoric. He does not rage against decadence, but says that the FDP only does not want to let enter fully, what nevertheless already the "founding father of the social market economy" namely that the principle of benefits would be subordinated to the principle of the welfare state. Today, through the "welfare state" people "permanently locked out of work and education". So, where work and educational opportunities are apparently open to everyone, people are enticed or even forced by transfer payments to stay away from work, to have no "desire for advancement" to develop, to give up personal responsibility and "humanity by anonymous legal claims" to replace. This means, as has been philosophically suggested to the liberals, that the poor should be grateful for donations from the rich and otherwise look where they are left.