V.A.T. and duty collection Jul 30, 2012 12:41:18 GMT -5
Post by The Mad Norseman on Jul 30, 2012 12:41:18 GMT -5
For what it's worth, people like me here earning a good bit more than average still only pay a lot less than 10% of my income. That's for your "50%" thing. (the guy complaining about the cost of gaz for a Z4 has issues, too...)
So...confiscating half someone's yearly earnings is ok, as long as you're on the receiving end?
Putting aside silly issues like right and wrong, remember that for everyone more productive than you you'd love to see robbed blind, there are ten more people looking at your modest lifestyle with envy. And they'll just as gladly pretend to believe any politician who says you didn't earn it and don't deserve it.
That's how the US becomes Western Europe, and Western Europe becomes Southern Europe, and Southern Europe becomes Haiti. Eastern Europe had to go through decades of grinding socialist poverty and famine to start rediscovering individual sovereignty...
Well said bobbyt!
I seriously don't know why the Europeans put up with these confiscatory levels of VAT & customs costs that too many, (sensible Erwin.BE excepted! :-D), Europeans seem to accept without even so much as a whimper.
And judging by the response of some on this thread, envy, and class warfare politics are alive and well in Europe (...soon coming to a U.S. election near you!).
Hopefully, an upcoming European outlet to distribute Emotiva products there will relieve some of that, but Emo will likely have to pay more up front to import (and THEN distribute) such that the net cost to the European consumer may not be all that different(?).
But at least there would be a 'closer-by' place to return product to for warranty service or exchanges which is certainly worth something.