Romanian soothsayers stave off taxes with curses

September 11, 2010
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Finally, fortune tellers in Romania have demonstrated a unique way of keeping the government’s thieving hands out of their coffers: threaten to curse any lawmaker who votes to levy a tax against them. Members of the Democratic Liberal Party, looking to increase tax revenue as part of austerity measures imposed by the IMF and World Bank, were proposing a bill that would have forced all soothsayers to produce receipts for their sales. It also would have somehow held them liable for making wrong predictions. But the senate voted it down, leading those behind the proposal to conclude that the senators were afraid of retribution through witchcraft. Now if only their curses would have a similar effect on the IMF and World Bank.

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