As recently as August, Robert Habeck was the superstar of German politics. But that has now changed radically. 6 reasons that explain the downfall of the economy minister, which he himself is to blame for.
“Some of the hut is already on fire,” says Robert Habeck. He means the German economy. But he could justifiably say the same about the ministry he heads.
Because since he took office, the former home of German regulatory policy – which brought forth great personalities with Ludwig Erhard, Karl Schiller, Otto Graf Lambsdorff, Hans Friderichs and Wolfgang Clement – has produced above all glittering word tinsel, contradictions dozens of times and, as the latest premium product, the obvious nonsense. In this highest product category, Robert Habeck currently has a lot in his range:
The social injustice that only gas customers should bear the risks of the energy war between Germany and Russia screamed to the heavens. Especially since these 21 million gas customers are not responsible for the misery and have no evasive strategy to avoid their gas supplier.
The polluter pays principle was upside down, which is why Habeck now had to go back. The chancellor, the finance minister and most recently his party friends have made it clear to him that the levy, for which the minister recently freaked out in the Bundestag, has to go.
This means that the journeys by Scholz and Habeck have brought nothing apart from new CO2 emissions from the engines of the government aircraft for the coming winter.
Conclusion: If you could heat with hot air from the power plant of party politics, it would be cozy and warm in the coming winter.
The Federal Court of Auditors is already talking about a “petrified budget” because there is hardly anything left for future investments. Intergenerational justice, rightly called for by the Greens in their election program, is first ignored by Habeck and then sabotaged. In this way, he can’t do his young voters any service .
He was of the opinion: “Wealthy households and people on lower incomes are paying the same high energy prices. But the rich can handle it. “
The truth is: shifting the tax rate would not make anyone better off, only the negative effects of inflation on income taxpayers will be dampened. The reform was not neoliberal, but overdue.
Conclusion: For the first time in history, there is a Minister of Economics at work who doesn’t love and caress his core target group, but grabs their wallets. Outside: Minister. Inside: Robin Hood.
The profitability of German companies is historically low. The burden of bureaucracy historically high. Robert Habeck is not solely responsible for this, but he and his political friends are an important driver of this bureaucratic mill and grinding movement, which threatens to crush medium-sized businesses. In the recession it will push the already weakened over the cliff first.
Conclusion: Robert Habeck no longer needs media disenchantment. He disenchants himself. His journalistic infantry are already showing signs of fatigue. The Robert Habeck fan club is about to be dissolved. Alan Posener wrote the requiem for a superstar a.D.:
“So far, none of the traffic light parties has made a bella figura. Least of all the man who would be most likely to be able to jump over his own shadow, Robert Habeck. It’s a shame.”