Thursday, August 24, 2006

Swedish Social Democrats busts out the pork.

Sweden: This would be the future of America is the Dems get back into full power. Talk about a panic move.

The Social Democrats have responded to opposition plans to tackle unemployment by unveiling their own measures to deal with the problem. Finance minister Pär Nuder and labour minister Hans Karlsson said that government employment service AMS would create 3,000 places on job seeker courses. They also said AMS would be asked to carry out an analysis of the competences of unemployed people. Pointing to figures from Statistics Sweden that showed registered unemployment down to 6 percent, Nuder said that unemployment would fall to four percent in the autumn, and that the new measures were designed to deal with an improved situation. "These measures are an adjustment of labour policy to respond to the good times we're now experiencing," he said, adding that the problem of unemployment would soon be replaced by "problems with lack of labour". But the opposition parties said the Social Democrats were providing welfare money rather than a programme to create real jobs. The additional measures include increasing the number of young people who qualify for government-subsidized jobs. The government pays 350 kronor a day to employers who take on a young person who has been jobless for more than six months. Under the Social Democrats' proposed arrangements, young people who have been out of work for three months would qualify. This would mean an extra 5,000 subsidized jobs for young people. The party also said that the number of disabled people whose employers qualify for subsidies would be increased.
It would probably be cheaper to keep people home and pay them.
The Social Democrats have said that they will raise the maximum level of unemployment benefit to 930 kronor a day if they win the general election, as they launched their manifesto on Friday. The proposal means that people still in work will be subsidizing the handouts to a tune of 3.5 billion kronor a year. In total, the promises in the manifesto from Sweden's ruling party are calculated by the party to cost 25 billion kronor. "Everyone wins when we support each other. Unemployment is not the fault of the unemployed. People on sick pensions have often slogged away during a long working life. When things are going well for Sweden we want to make things better - not worse - for people who are most vulnerable." The highest daily amount anyone can currently claim in unemployment benefit is 730 kronor. The 200 kronor rise would take effect early next year. The rise would mean that 70 percent of employees keep 80 percent of their wages if they become unemployed. At present only half of people keep 80 percent of their earlier wages when they lose their jobs. In major unions including Byggnads and IF Metall more than half of members get less than 80 percent of their wages. The cost of the reforms has been calculated at between 3 and 3.5 billion kronor a year.
Okay, maybe not. Somewhere in Sweden there has to be hard working people looking at this thinking why am I working to pays lazy bums to sit at home collecting welfare. That is a socialist party for you, just tax and spend like there is no end to it.

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