News from Romania that it will tax witches and fortune tellers has set off quite an exotic controversy in that country. Some politicians have been cursed, but not only in the usual verbal way. In other scenarios, witches are thrilled to have official recognition.
Everyone curses the tax man, but Romanian witches angry about having to pay up for the first time hurled poisonous mandrake into the Danube River on Thursday to cast spells on the president and government.
Romania’s newest taxpayers also included fortune tellers — but they probably should have seen it coming.
Superstitions are no laughing matter in Romania — the land of the medieval ruler who inspired the “Dracula” tale — and have been part of its culture for centuries. President Traian Basescu and his aides have been known to wear purple on certain days, supposedly to ward off evil. CSM
Charmed water, mistletoe, candles and “a particularly effective concoction of cat excrement and a dead dog” all have been in evidence. Entrepreneurial witches are looking forward to opening legitimate businesses. Warlocks are subject to taxation, too.
Something for MI Governor Snyder to consider?