24 October, 2011

Taxes in Denmark

There was an article in the newspaper. The Danes are now taxing fat, fat in beef, chicken, veal and eggs, butter, cheese, even the chocolate in nuts for the birds. Naturally they say it's to stop people (and birds?)from having heart attacks due to the ingestion of fat. But I wonder. Is that the truth or do they just need more tax?

The tax authorities have found imaginative ways of finding money. If you are a bricklayer and build your own house, you have to pay a tax for the money it would have cost you to have the house built by someone else. If you help a neighbor put in a patio or do it yourself, you still have to pay a tax for the money it would have cost.

Don't misunderstand me, there are a lot of good things about having cradle to grave welfare, but it's not perfect. And this is a country with only a few more than 5 million people. How would it work for us?

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