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Middenklasse Voelt Zich Gesandwicht (The Middle Class Pays the Crisis)


Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke


University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law; Harvard Law School; University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology; Antwerp Management School; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille by Laga

December 18, 2011

Opinie in De Tijd, p. 14, December 2011

Abstract:     
In this Op Ed I comment on the new budget program of the newly formed Belgian government and I argue that not the poor (rightly so) nor the extreme rich, but the wealthy (primarily Flemish) middle class will pay for the crisis. I criticize the Belgian tax legislation since it is not able to create a transparant and efficient balance between individual responsibility (stimulating entrepreneurship) and collective responsibility (solidarity and welfare programs).

Also I criticize the Belgian policy of answering the crisis mainly with new additional taxes rather than with sound and solid long term cost cutting. The "bonus pater familias" principle would require the latter.

I also argue, as I have done in other OpEds and scholarly articles, that the Belgian ethnic problem between Dutch speaking Flemish and Francophone Walloons and Brussels inhabitants will never lead to a split of the country, but that economic problems may well do so. The question is how long the rich Flemish middle class will accept to continue serving as the milking cow for a socialist system that is demotivating entrepreneurship.

I conclude with the dream of a positive political project, stimulating entrepreneurship, creativity, studying and learning, creating the conditions for a happy society with a true spirit of civic duty, balancing individual and collective responsibilities.

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Number of Pages in PDF File: 1

Keywords: Tax Reform, Fair Balance, Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: K00, K34

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Date posted: December 31, 2011  

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Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G., Middenklasse Voelt Zich Gesandwicht (The Middle Class Pays the Crisis) (December 18, 2011). Opinie in De Tijd, p. 14, December 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1977782

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Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke (Contact Author)
University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law ( email )
Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, 3000
Belgium
003216325203 (Phone)
003216325296 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.kuleuven.be/fvr
Harvard Law School ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.pon.harvard.edu/
University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology
Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium
HOME PAGE: http://ppw.kuleuven.be/english/wopp/leuven-center-for-collaborative-management
Antwerp Management School ( email )
Het Brantijser
Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13
Antwerp, 2000
Belgium
Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO ( email )
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tisco/
Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law
Lisboa
Portugal
HOME PAGE: http://www.fd.lisboa.ucp.pt/site/custom/template/ucptplfac.asp?sspageID=3293&lang=2
Greenille by Laga ( email )
Boulevard de la Woluwe 2
1150 Brussels
Belgium
003227380650 (Phone)
003227380660 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.greenille.eu
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