The government has decided that being a witch is a real job, and therefore must be taxed. The witches cast spells in protest.
There is a lot to ponder in this story about the attempts to generate more revenue in Romania by taxing witches. The government has decided that being a witch is a real job, and therefore must be taxed like any self employed person (which is only 16 percent. Tell the witches about being self-employed in America).
The witches are not happy. And when witches aren't happy, they cast spells:
Angry witches are using cat excrement and dead dogs to cast spells on the president and government who are forcing them to pay taxes. Also in the eye of the taxman are fortune tellers, who should have seen it coming.
And President Traian Basescu isn't laughing it off. In a country where superstition is mainstream, the president and his aides wear purple on Thursdays, allegedly to ward off evil spirits.
The witches are protesting today, gathering en masse in protest. And witchcraft is a serious thing in Romania:
In 2009, the loser in Romania's presidential race, Mircea Geoana, and his wife claimed he was subjected to attacks of negative energy by Basescu's aides during a crucial debate in which he performed poorly.
Geoana aide Viorel Hrebenciuc alleged there was a "violet flame" conspiracy during the campaign. He said Basescu and others aides dressed in purple on Thursdays to increase his chance of victory. They continue to be seen wear purple clothing on important days. Before that, late Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena had their own personal witch.
It really makes you think our last election was pretty boring. Perhaps the Tea Party should consider spell casting as part of their tax-reduction plan?