Well if it isn’t bad enough that your Mandarin has to pay city, county, state and federal taxes – whether in the form of sales taxes, property taxes, or income taxes – now Fox News is reporting the following:
The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering a plan to ask governments to impose a global consumer tax on such things as Internet activity or everyday financial transactions like paying bills online.
And why may you ask is the WHO asking for this tax. Well according to the article, “Such a scheme could raise tens of billions of dollars on behalf of the United Nations’ public health arm from a broad base of consumers, which would then be used to transfer drug-making research, development and manufacturing capabilities, among other things, to the developing world.”
Let’s just take a look at that paragraph for a moment and the overt socialist/Marxist tone that it communicates. First we are going to punish those awful consumers by taxing their greedy consumption. Second, we have the redistribution of wealth from the greedy Western world to the victims of that greed in the third world.
Are we to believe that these third world countries can only service the drug-making needs of those regions? Or is this another attempt like Cap and Tax to artificially create thriving economies where there are none at the expense of the Western world?
Your Mandarin is reminded of why there must be, “No taxation without representation.”
The Mandarin, whose real name is 吏恆, joined the order in 1309, and introduced the Gormogons into England during the 18th Century.
The Mandarin enjoys spending time with his pet manticore, Βάρἰκος, or Barry (who can be found in the Bestiary). When not in the Castle…well, frankly, nobody is quite sure where he goes.
The Mandarin popularized the fine art of “gut booting,” by which he delivers a powerful kick to the stomach of anyone that annoys him. Although nearly universal today, the act of gut booting or threatening someone or something with a gut boot is solely due to him.