Tax

(English Subtitles)

Deutschland wird europaweit als Vorbild gepriesen.

Germany is often praised as the economic european example.

In Frankreich, in Spanien alle kommen zu uns, gehen aber oft auch wieder, weil Deutschland doch nicht das versprochene wirtschaftliche Paradies ist, wie es die Medien propagiert haben.

In France and Spain a lot of people leave their country, come to Germany and realize, it is not the economic paradise as promised by their politicians and Media.

“82 Prozent der Leute mehr arbeiten, als in ihrem Vertrag steht. Fast 20 Prozent machen sogar mehr als zehn Stunden Mehrarbeit pro Woche.”

“82% work more than agreed in their work contract. 20% work +10hours a week.”

https://www.handelsblatt.com/meinung/gastbeitraege/pruefers-kolumne-freizeit-im-buero-totschlagen-die-neue-normalitaet/22655900.html

“Die Zahlen sind alarmierend: Ein Viertel (25%) der Vollzeitbeschäftigten in Deutschland glaubt, sein aktuelles Arbeitstempo langfristig nicht durchhalten zu können.”

“The numbers are alarming: 25% of the 40hour-week-full-employed workforce in Germany thinks, they can not keep up their work speed long term.”

“18 Prozent arbeiten an der Grenze ihrer Leistungsfähigkeit und 23 Prozent verzichten auf Pausen, heißt es in einer Studie der Bertelsmann Stiftung von 2015.”

“18% say they are at the limit of stress, and 23% even skip breaks (Bertelsmann 2015”

“Demnach geht sogar jeder Achte krank zu Arbeit. Der steigende Ziel- und Ergebnisdruck in Unternehmen zwingt Beschäftigte in Deutschland dazu, mehr zu arbeiten, als ihnen gut tut.”

“12% go sick to work. The rising target- and result-pressure in companies forces Germans to work more than what would be healthy”

https://spielraum.xing.com/2017/01/tipps-fuer-den-chef-so-entkommen-sie-der-ueberstunden-falle/

Heisst das, dass Deutschland einfach besser ist im Ausbeuten?

So if anything – is Germany just better at exploitation?

https://capitalism.com/investors-playbook-real-estate-deals-dont-worry-bad-economy/

Real estate sector expects economic downturn:

  • Investing for an impending economic downturn (ja die Leute können sich wiedermal kein Dach über dem Kopf in ihrem eigenem Land leisten)
  • Senior housing and self-storage as recession-resistant investments

It reads like this: “If a bank gives you a loan, it is charging you interest on money, that the bank never possessed in the first place.”

(a private bank can borrow 10$ from the FED or 10€ from the ECB of “real cash money” and lend out 90$ / 90€ in “artificial loan / debt created digital money” (“bank money” / Buchgeld, “checkbook money” / Giralgeld) and charge interest on that.

If you pay back 10% of your loan, the bank’s break even point is reached, but it (of course) insists that you pay back 100%+interest or sell off your house cheap and fast.

if interest rates are low – they simply charge more for the management of your bank account.

They earn money – no matter what they do.

Neulich auf Twitter: “Bank müsste man sein. Wenn sie dir einen Kredit gibt, kassiert sie jahrelang Zinsen auf Geld, das sie nie hatte. Wenn du pleite gehst, gehört dein Haus der Bank & wenn alles schief geht, wird sie vom Bürger/Staat gerettet. Einfach unglaublich!”

even a local bank’s employee (!) told me in my face: “i know a bank is a criminal organization.”

wow. i hope his honesty does not get him fired.

If in a peer group – someone cheats and get’s away with it – everyone start to cheat, ending up in an unsustainable world of constant cheating.

It is no news that eBay’s and Amazon’s tax-headquarters is by no accident both in Luxembourg – while the average (German) employee pays 19% on every product they pay and SMU CEO pay up to 40% (those that can not afford panama bank accounts) in taxes – making their work significantly more expensive and possible unaffordable – which leads to less and less people wanting to start a self-employed business and a general reduction in jobs and innovation that goes along with SMEs.

Effectively “killing the host” as Mr Hudson put it. Or Marx put it: “the credo of every capitalistic nation is: after me the floodThose dishonest cheaters – probably secretly paid by massive lobby groups of the financial industry – are responsible for the reduction in jobs and the rise of left and right wing extremism.

You don’t need a study that Hitler did best in times of economic downturn. And if the state has less and less money to spend because of tax heavens – the economic downturn is only a matter of time.

As Marx said: “after us – the deluge” – let our grand children clean up the mess or die.

There is a word for this: financial crime.

“The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, spent years in his previous role as Luxembourg’s prime minister secretly blocking EU efforts to tackle tax avoidance by multinational corporations, leaked documents reveal.

Years’ worth of confidential German diplomatic cables provide a candid account of Luxembourg’s obstructive manoeuvres inside one of Brussels’ most secretive committees.

However, the leaked cables reveal how a small handful of countries have used their seats on the committee to frustrate concerted EU action and protect their own tax regimes.”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/01/jean-claude-juncker-blocked-eu-curbs-on-tax-avoidance-cables-show