We simply couldn’t help but give the prize to this little gem from Spain, reported by Giles Tremlett of The Guardian [emphasis added]:
Just when they thought it could not get worse, Spaniards have discovered that the VAT hike of three points announced by prime minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday as part of a new 65bn euro austerity package will actually see 13 percent added to the costs of some goods and services.
Theatre tickets, cinema tickets, hairdressers, funeral parlours and numerous other services will all see their VAT rate jump from 8 percent to 21 percent, according to budget minister Cristóbal Montoro, who declined to go into more detail.
The rise will be introduced on September 1, presumably in the hope that it will provoke a mini consumer boom before then.
All those folks related to austerity suicides will have to pay more to see their loved ones buried, further impoverishing survivors and leading to still more austerity suicides and more taxes for the dwindling pool of survivors. . .and on it goes.
Wow, it’s really true what they say about death and taxes, and with population control thrown in as a bonus!