[WORD_ON_THE_WEB] 'Why is Yoon making orders when Moon is still in office?'A plan to create an extra budget to support small business owners affected by Covid-19 has received support from both sides of the aisle.
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's transition committee announced its plan to secure the extra budget on March 24. The ruling Democratic Party is also in favor of the bill scheduled for April.
However, there is opposition from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, which oversees the government budget and is supposed to submit the budget bill to the National Assembly.
The transition committee wishes to relocate the budget from the current administration’s Korean New Deal and other staple Moon Jae-in projects.
Unsurprisingly, the Moon government disagrees, saying those projects are already in place and funds can't easily be diverted. The government is also concerned that the extra budget poses an economic risk, considering that the country is already 250 trillion won ($204 billion) in debt.
“It’s the upcoming administration’s policy. Don’t delay the process. The current government’s cooperation is crucial.”
"Small business owners are in a fix because of the government’s failed quarantine policies. The ruling and opposition parties both want the supplementary budget, as do the people. It’s infuriating that the current government, although responsible for the damage, is opposing the plan.”
“Why enforce the budget plan when the government has said that it’s impossible?”
“If national debt increases due to the added budget, the country must pay back that money. I’m against the plan.”
“Why is Yoon making orders when Moon is still in office? This is a ploy to shift responsibility.”
“Isn’t Yoon’s intention to shift the burden to Moon by making the current government pass the budget bill while taking all the credit for himself? Don’t try to blow your nose without touching it. It won’t be too late to think about the bill after the inauguration.”
BY LEE SI-YEOUNG, YOO JI-WOO [email@example.com]