A Belgian minister has been criticised for saying “freeloading” housewives should start working instead of staying at home.
Federal Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne, 50, added that “most stay-at-home mothers are of immigrant origin” in a controversial interview with a magazine.
Unemployed Belgians get more in benefits if they have a partner who also stays at home, said the centre-Right Open VLD politician, who is pushing for labour market reforms.
Housewives were “welcome to stay at home and take care of their children, but not at society’s expense,” Mr Van Quickenborne, who is also a deputy prime minister, said.
There’s a serious point behind thing. What should be subsidised? Or considered the human economic unit? The individual or the household?
It’s possible to argue this either way. Tax, subsidise, the household – which is the natural human economic unit. Or the indiviudual, can do it either way.
But note that if it’s the household then this is a definite blow to the economic liberation of women. Their income should be added to male when considiering progressive tax rates for example.
Shrug, just the implication of doing it that way…..