Saturday, May 7, 2016

Denmark To Introduce Tax On Red Meat?

                 Denmark is considering proposals to introduce a tax on red meat, after a government think tank came to the conclusion that “climate change is an ethical problem.” The Danish Council of Ethics recommended an initial tax on beef, with a nod towards extending the regulation to all red meats in the future. It also stated that, in the long term, the tax should apply to all foods at varying levels depending on their climate impact. The council voted in favor of the measures by an overwhelming majority, and the proposal will now be put forward for consideration by the government.
                Without food we will all die. In light of this fact, is it really “logical” and “ethical” to tax it? Perhaps we should levy a massive tax on all emergency medical procedures as well? And, surely, a “toilet tax” would be reasonable and ethical. Each flush puts raw sewage (and who knows what else!) into the environment and/or further taxes our treatment plants, etc. This is leaving a smelly footprint on our mother, the earth. And people complain about cigarette smoke! (But not smoke from unfiltered marijuana cigarettes, oddly enough).
                We all know about the looming water shortages. Potable fresh water will be very scarce in the coming decades. Therefore I propose we slap a $10 per 12-ounce-vessel consumption tax on it immediately. This seems a reasonable conservation measure. It’s less than a dollar an ounce!
                Moreover, we all know there is only so much oxygen to go around. What’s more, we are cutting down our rain-forests at an alarming rate, reducing the planet’s ability to regenerate this life giving gas. A hefty user tax on oxygen appears to be the only logical way forward. Every breath taken by every human on Earth should be taxed at a constant rate. The more breaths one takes, the higher the tax one pays. You use more you pay more. It’s only logical. And ethical.
                At particularly reflective moments, I wonder…what is the current tax rate on abortions? Assisted suicides?

                What? They’re effectively subsidized?!
                I have a beef with that. There is an ethical problem here.

                There’s something rotten in Denmark. And in modern-day “progressive thinking” in general.

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