The nation that gave the world the Danish has enacted the world’s most draconian butter tax. As of Saturday, Danes are paying about $1.40 more per pound for their butter, and God-only-knows how much more for their cheese, milk, meat and oil.
While I’d like to think that the legislation is a fluke, it’s far more likely that it’s but the thin end of the wedge for Europe, as cash-strapped governments cast about madly for new sources of revenue, all the while claiming to have the best interests of “the people” at heart. Denmark doesn’t even have an obesity problem. Of course the Danish government claims the law has been enacted to keep things that way. Let’s hope that in time the people of Denmark come to see through such a transparent ruse, and more than that, that other nations in Europe don’t succumb to the temptation to implement similar dietary nanny-ism.
The last thing a free people need is their government deciding what sorts of foods they’re allowed to put in their mouths. The Danish law should be a wake-up call to us all. For dietary scolds abound, friends. If they can do it there, they can do it here.