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  • It's official - Denmark is raising taxes on saturated fat

    - and that's from tomorrow on.

    The government has decided that we Danes have to pay 13-14 DKK (2-3usd) per kilo of saturated fat; that includes fat in meat, dairy, any animal fats, oils and other cooking ingredients (some are also fair to leave out, like mixed products, margarine etc.). Anything with a fat percentage over 2,3 will have higher prices.

    How freaking insane and absolutely STUPID is that?! They claim it's because it's what's makes us fat. Try sugar, I say... and omega-6'es... and generally bad eating habits. *sigh*

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    Donchya just love it when the "big people" aka governments, inflict their stupidity on us smart folk?

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    • #3
      Gawd, I truly thought Danes were smarter than that. What a bunch of maroons, at least those in gooberment.

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      • #4
        And I thought it was stupid when the Canadian gov't brought in the sugar tax. Taxes on a single donut because it was a sugary snack, but if you bought 6 that was considered 'food' and was non-taxable.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by belinda View Post
          And I thought it was stupid when the Canadian gov't brought in the sugar tax. Taxes on a single donut because it was a sugary snack, but if you bought 6 that was considered 'food' and was non-taxable.
          That's not a sugar tax, it applies to anything that's considered food for immediate consumption--restaurant meals, pre-made sandwiches or salads, whatever. It has to do with them making a distinction between ready-made food and groceries when it comes to the GST. It's a weird, arbitrary line (buying 6 doughnuts in bulk counting as groceries, but 5 as a snack), but it's nothing to do with whether or not the food contains sugar.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by belinda View Post
            And I thought it was stupid when the Canadian gov't brought in the sugar tax. Taxes on a single donut because it was a sugary snack, but if you bought 6 that was considered 'food' and was non-taxable.
            Right. So tax one doughnut, but let them eat SIX tax-free. *shakes head*

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Owly View Post
              That's not a sugar tax, it applies to anything that's considered food for immediate consumption--restaurant meals, pre-made sandwiches or salads, whatever. It has to do with them making a distinction between ready-made food and groceries when it comes to the GST. It's a weird, arbitrary line (buying 6 doughnuts in bulk counting as groceries, but 5 as a snack), but it's nothing to do with whether or not the food contains sugar.
              I stand corrected but I think people were bandying about 'sugar tax, sugar tax!' when this was introduced. It's still stupid.
              Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

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              • #8
                The Federal Reserve and the Wars on Cholesterol and Health Freedom

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by belinda View Post
                  I stand corrected but I think people were bandying about 'sugar tax, sugar tax!' when this was introduced. It's still stupid.
                  It is stupid. I personally think that if you're buying food at the grocery store, unless it's something like the sandwich counter at Safeway, it shouldn't be subject to GST. All it does is reward people who buy bulk quantities of things over those who don't. Incidentally, the same thing also applies to things like single-serve yogurts if they are not packaged in multiples--so buy one little container, you'll pay tax, but buy a dozen with a cardboard thing around them, and you're not. Other oddities: single-serve bottles of water count (unless they are packaged together by the manufacturer), but big bottles are tax-free, and salted nuts are taxable, but unsalted ones aren't. It's ridiculously complex.

                  And the sugar tax thing has a bit of grounding in that snack foods and soft drinks are always considered taxable.
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                  • #10
                    That is what happens when you have a universal socialist heathcare system funded by tax payers...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Grok View Post
                      That is what happens when you have a universal socialist heathcare system funded by tax payers...
                      Gee, then it's funny that we spend less per capita on healthcare and have better health outcomes, including lower infant mortality rates and a longer life expectancy than the US.

                      From what I can see, you all have far less freedom to make healthcare choices down there with your private insurance system than we do up here with our public one. Nobody is making me weigh in or take a course at work to retain my coverage, and I'm not going to lose my ability to access coverage if I'm a cancer survivor.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Owly View Post
                        From what I can see, you all have far less freedom to make healthcare choices down there with your private insurance system than we do up here with our public one.
                        That is because the government makes it illegal for you to buy insurance across state lines. Just an example of mercantilist corporatist hamiltonian fascism at work. Nothing at all to do with free markets.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Grok View Post
                          That is because the government makes it illegal for you to buy insurance across state lines. Just an example of mercantilist corporatist hamiltonian fascism at work. Nothing at all to do with free markets.
                          You still have to buy insurance from someone with a profit motive to deny you coverage as much as they possibly can so that they can make the biggest buck possible. The fewer claims they have to pay out, the more money they make. I know when I go to the hospital that I won't get a nasty surprise down the road because some claims clerk decided my illness was too expensive.
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                          • #14
                            Additionally, the GST is a federal tax, while healthcare is a provincial jurisdiction.
                            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Owly View Post
                              You still have to buy insurance from someone with a profit motive to deny you coverage as much as they possibly can so that they can make the biggest buck possible. The fewer claims they have to pay out, the more money they make. I know when I go to the hospital that I won't get a nasty surprise down the road because some claims clerk decided my illness was too expensive.
                              Healthcare in the US is extremely expensive because of government involvement. In a free market society prices go down, not up. Before the government got involved in healthcare in the US, health insurance could be paid for by a minimum wage worker at the time. Ever since the government got involved with medicare and medicaid and tax benefits for buying health insurance through your employer resulted in completely destroying the industry.

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