Gifts We don’t Give and Wish, but Receive

In a commentary printed in weekly Veidas, LFMI’s Vice President Giedrius Kadziauskas speaks about government-presented gifts that we usually don’t want but are forced to accept. These are the taxation of self-employed people by levying social insurance and healthcare taxes on them; or fixing the minimum wage so high that it dwarfs abilities to find employment and to preserve jobs; or protecting more vulnerable groups of people in the market – such protection usually backfires on the protected themselves as it undermines their opportunities to find jobs; or a government-organised programme for renovating apartment buildings; or higher and professional/vocational education which is practically free, but, as a result, it undercuts possibilities to demand a higher-quality service and belittles learners’ motivation.