The Country of Denmark
for their fat tax
There's high taxes on cigarettes, liquor and soft drinks. Now, there's a "fat tax"!
It's true. It's in the news. Denmark is now the first country to pass a tax on foods with high-fat content ...
Denmark has a 10% overweight/obesity rate. We in the U.S. have a much higher percentage. How long before the U.S. (or crazy California) has a fat tax? I'm guessing about 3 minutes.
This is a perfect example of the "slippery slope" of government intruding into the private lives of citizens. Over regulating and over taxing legal personal private activities. I have always said this would happen. It was only a matter of time. Once the government starts taxing and regulating your private, legal, personal choices "for your own good" there is no stopping them. And all the anti-smoking zealots, environmental wackos and extreme moralists didn't listen, and didn't stop. Soon, THEY too may have to pay outrageously high punitive taxes ... on the foods they eat. Soon, all the zealots may have to pay outrageously high punitive taxes on their beloved ice cream, potato chips and pizzas. Good! See how THEY like the government taxing the shit of THEIR favorite legal habits!
Zealots want the government to tax, regulate or ban "bad behavior", specifically behavior that they personally do not like. And zealots think the government will only over-tax and over-regulate (or ban) other people's "offensive" bad habits and behavior. However, sooner or later, the government will also tax, regulate or ban some of THEIR favorite legal and personal activities. And, sooner or later, the government will also restrict THEIR legal and personal choices, choices of how they want to live THEIR life. And the fat tax is just the beginning.
Congratulations to Denmark. This week, for being the first country in the world to impose a government fat tax, and thus paving the way for every country to do the same, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt award.
And you zealots are about to learn, "what goes around comes around". And bites you in the ass. Have you not heard of the golden rule? "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
Learn it. Live it.