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Sahlin slams Reinfeldt's tax cut pledge

TT/AFP/The Local · 15 Aug 2010, 19:02

Published: 15 Aug 2010 19:02 GMT+02:00

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With just over one month left before voting day, Swedish political parties launched their election campaigns at the weekend by holding their first major rallies.

At a rally in Stockholm on Saturday, centre-right Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt promised new tax cuts, particularly for the retired, when the country's budget swings back into the black.

Reinfeldt, who just turned 45, has been eager to focus the debate on his government's record on handling the economy which has made a roaring comeback after an initial hit from the global financial crisis.

Mona Sahlin however charged Reinfeldt's Moderates with having the wrong priorities at her rally on Sunday.

"The Moderates think that lowering taxes is the priority. They don't see any others. Not youth unemployment, not exclusion of the sick, ... not growing inequality between people," she said.

"Lowering taxes has a price. I am sure that price will paid by the welfare state," she added.

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The latest opinion polls show a tight race ahead of next month's election.

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20:49 August 15, 2010 by Localer
but she want to higher the taxes so those who did not work, stay home do nothing, and the refugees get more money....????
22:53 August 15, 2010 by Mib
Reinfeldt did say when the country was back in the black and previously stated that the likes of pensioners would be targetted for tax cuts, NOT everyone! Furthermore, they have plans to sell som Government owned companies to reduce employers tax to encourage companies to recruit.

The opposition has done nothing that has PROVEN effective to reduce youth unemployment....it's not something that has suddenly jumped in the last few years....but of course the recent credit crunch has increased the effect.

The main problem is that foreign companie are unlikely to come to a small country that has high taxes for high earners, when the alternatives are much more attractive. The opposition want to brig back the Wealth tax which if anything will deter even more compaines and even encourage those in Sweden to day to go elsewhere. Unless of course you are a very wealth individual from H&M and can negotiate an exclusion!! The fact is that Sweden has alot of advantages that would encourage companies to come over if taxes were not so penalising for highly paid staff. They normally pay top salaries to remain competitive and these people create businesses which expand and employ more people etc etc. They should try to take advantage now that the UK is upping its taxes!! Sweden has an opportunity to take advantage.

The opposition preach while they build up their wealth and take advantage of the tax perks even though they are against them. They alowed public servants which head the Government owned companies to have large bonuses....so they are totally hypocritical in every argument. The preach about Welfare...because they are their main voter base and try to scare them in to thinking that it will disappear.!
23:54 August 15, 2010 by Jan M
The British model was income tax cuts in the 1980s and demolition of welfare support and increasing social inequality. If Sweden manages to avoid those natural repercussions great but believe me it's never worked before. There's a very simple argument behind tax cuts however. If you're not smart enough to figure out how to balance the needs of diverse society properly then simply cut taxes for a sufficiently large number to bribe them into voting for you. Sweden has an aging population I believe and let's face it with youth unemployment so high there's not point in targeting that age group if you're Reinfeldt. Short termist, cheap politics. He could make it more blatant I guess though and just take out his wallet. There must be enough selfish, something-for-nothing voters out there to bite.
00:44 August 16, 2010 by here for the summer
What is the goal? An society with no inequality coupled with massive immigration from very poor countries or a society which maximizes the average living standard for all. I don't think you can have it all. Higher taxes mean less investment and less total domestic product. A totally equal society means a very low average living standard. New citizens from a very low living standard are very happy with a better living standard which would still be very low by western standards.

Modern economies require investment in education, infrastructure and technology not transfer payments.
05:00 August 16, 2010 by engagebrain
Taxes are a communal method of buying services cheaply - the vast bureaucracy behind private healthcare being an example of avoidable costs.

The avoidance of taxes by those able to do so forces the rest of the population to pay higher taxes - clamp down on tax avoidance and use this income to reduce the tax burden on the honest.
06:50 August 16, 2010 by glamelixir
All those pointing your fingers to refugees and immigrants (which I would appreciate mentioning the difference as it is not the same) should know that Reinfeldt also promotes de intake of huge amounts of refugees.

So that is not in discussion, there are other points here.

On the other matter, I do not understand how Swedes are unable to make their voice heard if they dissagree with this policies...Do you ever get involved and talk to your party leaders or go to their meetings or offices?
11:48 August 16, 2010 by NickM
@Jan M - You said it all.

@Glamelixir, Of course Reinfeldt supports taking in huge amounts of refugees because they can undercut the salaries of Swedish workers. He knows they are willing to work whatever the cost or conditions. Therefore, he can blackmail Swedish workers with them.

And it's not only him that's doing it - it's most political parties in liberal Western democracies. Their biggest enemy are the working public - it's important to remember that.
12:39 August 16, 2010 by StockholmSam
"Mona Sahlin however charged Reinfeldt's Moderates with having the wrong priorities at her rally on Sunday."

Please see the other story about Sahlin's party proposing "Metro butlers" to provide laundry service and grocery pick-up. Wow, talk about priorities.
15:28 August 16, 2010 by americanska
she's playing to her voters. he's playing to his. the difference being that his voters are people that make a contribution to society. and her voters are the ones wanting to suck the nipple of the goverment (ie, the tax payers)
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