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So it probably would not have been bad policy, except that the Social Democrats and Greens felt that they had to set the ALG II benefit at a level that is frankly punitive

Aren't you generous :-) Methinks the whole point of the reform was to have an excuse to reduce overall social spending.

adults receive just € 359, children an arbitrary fraction of the same.

That about children is the main problem, in therms of unconstitutional rough estimates. The typical impoverished-by-Harz-IV examples I read of over the past years were parents.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Feb 10th, 2010 at 02:17:04 PM EST

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