Leftists here in the USA hate capitalism, so they should really love this move by Belarus: Fine people for being poor.
Belarus, which lies between Russia and Poland and was formerly part of the Soviet Union, plans to introduce a “social parasites” tax on the unemployed.
Unlike in many Western nations, where the government helps the unemployed, in Belarus, the long-term unemployed will have to pay the government.
The country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, has said the $233 levy — around a month’s wages in Belarus — will “instill discipline in the work-shy,” according to the BBC.
First signed into law in 2015, Presidential Decree number 3, more widely known as the “spongers” or “freeloaders” tax, proposed fining people if they had not worked for six months.
At the time, Lukashenko said the tax would “stimulate able-bodied citizens to engage in labor activity and fulfill their constitutional obligation to participate in financing state expenditures.”
Failure to pay the levy, or take on menial work that pays a pittance, could ultimately send Belarussians to jail.