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That was fast: Denmark to abandon “fat tax” enacted last year

posted at 1:14 pm on November 11, 2012 by

I’m honestly surprised. If progressive regulation isn’t working, the usual solution is to regulate further. Which is precisely what happened in Denmark — until now.

Second look at doughnuts:

Foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fat – including dairy produce, meat and processed foods – were subject to the surcharge.

But authorities said the tax had inflated food prices and put Danish jobs at risk.

The Danish tax ministry said it was also cancelling its plans to introduce a tax on sugar, the AFP news agency reports.

The ministry said one of the effects of the fat tax was that some Danes had begun crossing the border into Germany to stock up on food there.

According to one study, a fat tax needs to drive up the price of food by at least 20% in order to affect consumption. Before Tuesday I would have taken this as a sign of hope that nannyism in the U.S. is at high tide and set to recede, but if there’s one thing these election results stand for, it’s the idea that Americans refuse to absorb hard lessons already learned by Europeans.

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Maybe California will show us some cool consequences from taxes.

Cindy Munford on November 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Good thing Gov. Christie fled Denmark before the (cheese) Danish blitzkrieg!

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Very odd. A true progressive solution would have been to “eliminate” the fat people.

darwin on November 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Another government learns the lesson:

“the people want government, not rulers”

BobMbx on November 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM

There goes my plans for an ice cream-speak easy in Copenhagen. Oh well, with the Weed War won, maybe my script for a new Cheech and Chong movie where they sell Big Gulps out of a truck in Central Park will be green lit…

trubble on November 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM

it’s the idea that Americans refuse to absorb hard lessons already learned by Europeans.

I don’t know. The low turnout seems to suggest millions refuse to make a choice between two European type of leaders which gives me hope for the future that when the party leadership designed to run an Americian based type of leader the people will turnout in droves to confirm that person.

unseen on November 11, 2012 at 1:48 PM

There is no reversal from Socialism.

It’s only onward… to self-destruction.

faraway on November 11, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Obviously the solution should have been for the tax to be higher…… Duh!! :-P

ThePrez on November 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM

More laws are needed. A department of homeland food security. More border guards. No more contraband food. More taxes. Rectal searches and fecal samples should be mandatory at the border. FOR THE CHILDREN!!!11!!!

yenober on November 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM

There is no reversal from Socialism.

It’s only onwardForward!… to self-destruction.

faraway on November 11, 2012 at 1:53 PM

FIFY

thirtyandseven on November 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Maybe Christie can go there.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I don’t know. The low turnout seems to suggest millions refuse to make a choice between two European type of leaders which gives me hope for the future that when the party leadership designed to run an Americian based type of leader the people will turnout in droves to confirm that person.

unseen on November 11, 2012 at 1:48 PM

People who don’t vote, apparently, want the government to control their lives more. That’s what polls suggest.

lorien1973 on November 11, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I’ve long admired the Scandinavian countries, particularly Denmark. For all their progressiveness, in many ways, they have more freedom than we do. I did think the fat tax was a stupid idea. If the goal is to lower saturated fat consumption (a questionable goal as is) why would you put forth a law that taxes olive oil? At least it now appears they’re smart enough to not double down on failure like our progressives here. I’ve often told progressives I might be more willing to go along with their brilliant experiments if they showed any ability to admit they were wrong, learn their lesson, and go the other direction.

NukeRidingCowboy on November 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Very odd. A true progressive solution would have been to “eliminate” the fat people.

darwin on November 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Shhh! That’s the next step… You know, maybe a T-4 Hadamar style program for those of us who body mass doesn’t meet what our Dear Glorious Leader’s Revered Spouse expects.

oldleprechaun on November 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Denmark taxes consumption at an extremely high rate anyway. The Danes use every chance they get to shop abroad.

Valkyriepundit on November 11, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Very odd. A true progressive solution would have been to “eliminate” the fat people.

darwin on November 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

…maybe that is why Chris Christie is “sort of” a Republican!

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM

But authorities said the tax had inflated food prices and put Danish jobs at risk

This is the key difference. The Danish government actually cares about employment. Given how the Democrats are busy wiping out productive industries left and right here, I don’t think we can say the same for the US.

Doomberg on November 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Oh please, the average voter has no idea what’s going on in Europe. They don’t know the lessons exist so there is no way for them to learn about them. They will remain clueless until WE run out of other people’s money to pay their benefits. Then it will still be the rich and Republican’s falt they are forced to riot in the streets like they are doing now in Europe.

Hopeless Future on November 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM