Roberto Cachanosky explains why ending poverty poverty and social plans would be the worst possible business for politicians.
Social plans became a big business for Kirchner's government after the crisis of 2001, after devaluation, the pesification of deposits and a drop of 15% in our GDP meant poverty exploded. As my friend Gustavo Lazzari explains, politicians do not want to end poverty: what they want is for the poor to have a good time. Poor people depending on social plans is good for votes. Thus, the end of poverty and the resulting lack of social plans would be dangerous for many politicians. For some reason most politicians believe the argument that they have the monopoly onbenevolence. They believe they are the symphatetic party and the rest of the citizens are degenerates that do not care in the least about what happens to the poor. What's more, they feel entitled to tax the fruit of our work in the name of social solidarity because they are the ones who are going to help people by spending our money.
It is obvious that the large number of beneficiaries of social plans prefer to continue reciving a social plan instead of working. Why go to a formal job, respect a schedule and work hard if I can collect a couple of social plans and every so often I can get some extra money by going to a political rally? I'm having a great time! Earlier this year, when the social emergency law was passed, $ 25,000 million were reallocated to something called Supplementary Social Wage. The National Registry of the Popular Economy was also created to register the workers of the Popular Economy.
The previous paragraph has words as "nice" and sensitive as "social emergency", "Complementary Social Wages" and "National Registry of the Popular Economy". All easy lies so as to avoid solving the fundamental problem in our economy, that is to say how to create the necessary conditions for investments to flow to Argentina, which would increase the demand for labor and hence create work for those who currently live from social emergency programs. Over the last 15 years it has been proven that social plans do not solve any problems. On the contrary, they aggravate political stability because millions of people feel entitled to be keept by the taxpayer and, above all, most politicians go out of their way to say publicly that these social plans are a right of the people. This is clearly false, it is not a right because there is no moral principle by which a person has the right to live from the work of others. In their desperation to win votes, politicians put people in the head who have the right to be keept by people who are dazzled all day working. I am of course referring to the taxpayer. Solving this problem is not going to be easy because those who live today from the work of others will want to continue living that way, therefore, the first thing to do is putting a time limit on those "social plans." The second is to establish that everyone who receives a social plan has the obligation to be trained in a course of arts and crafts (carpentry, plumbing, electricity, bakery, etc.), that will be financed by the government. In order to afford this, the government must reasign budget items and coordinate with schools, municipalities, parishes and other institutions that can provide the physical place to develop those courses. The state will pay the fees of teachers and materials when necessary and the beneficiary of the "social plan" must attend the course. If s/he denies to do so, the plan is immediately removed. Once the course is completed and the recipient is enrolled, the subsidy will be reduced monthly by 8% until the plan expires. Over that period, the beneficiary of the plan will have to look for clients as any human being does. Tax payers have to wake up and look for ways to make a living every day, you are not asking anything special from them. When they claim they work in front of the camera, to avoid appearing as if they want to live from above, I always think that if I also wanted to get more work I would not cut the street to anyone to have more clients.
In short, the proposal is to fund the course for recipients of social plans to have a tool to work, finance it while doing the course and finance it while looking for customers after the course ends. However, the government needs to start doing the structural reforms necessary to attract investments and create jobs. Otherwise, we will see an increase in the number of people receiving social plans because the current tax pressure and public debt won't allow us to go very far. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Labor, between June of this year and June of last year only 50,000 of the 186 000 jobs created were jobs in private sector companies. 42,600 posts were created in the public sector, independent workers increased by 59,700, social independent taxpayers increased by 39,900, domestic personnel grew by 12,000 and taxpayers in the autonomous category fell by 17,900. In other words, when comparing June 2016 to June 2017 the number of private sector wage earners increased by only 0.82%, while public employees grew by 1.36%, with the largest increase in the number of social independent tax payers with 11.13% . As you can see, the private sector is not pushing job creation. Among the reasons for this we can include the bad labor legislation that makes any small business go bankrupt if you have to fire an employee and the existing tax burden. In short, it is time for the government to stop claiming some individuals have the right to live off the work of taxpayers. This is false and violates human rights because it transforms the taxpayer into a slave of sorts who has to keep does who receive without compensation in return. It is also time to put a time limit on social plans and put the scheme in place to give them a way out. And, finally, it is time to stop saying that if you want to end social plans there will be social unrest. This set of social plans is designed precisely so that some live at the expense of the taxpayer by threatening social conflict if the State doesn't pay them . Since they are also loyal o the previous government, they try to create the whole atmosphere of social unrest to discredit the current government. So that after the elections it would be time to immediately start working to disarm this diabolical and perverse system of political extortion created by Peronism and brought to its maximum expression by Kirchner's Peronism.