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Join Date: May 2007
Location: Close Enough! At least in the right country and state now.
The Germans are very efficient at extorting money from the public, so this is of no surprise to me. In fact, I never realized some food products weren't taxed at the full 19% VAT.
"The tax increase was initially proposed by Germany’s Animal Welfare Association that suggested such tax would bring down the CO2 emissions in addition to improving much-criticized agricultural practices of Germany."
I have no idea what the "much-criticized agricultural practices" are. I've spent a lot of time around farms and farmers in Germany. I've never seen farm animals treated so well as they are there. There are so many "green" laws now that they have to follow, I don't know what else could be legislated that wouldn't just shut farming down.
People are sick of politicians, and me, I hate cats in the house.